Devastated mother fears son’s accused killer could walk free

Posted at 6:22 PM, Jul 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-14 18:23:44-04

Newport News, Va. - For Margaret Eaddy, a grieving mother, the fact there has been an arrest in her son's murder case isn't enough.

“He`s going to be dead forever. We aint going to be able to hug him no more, but they are going to be able to hug you,” says Eaddy.

25-year-old Kwuame Edwards was arrested after a nearly two-hour standoff with police in Newport News.

He's accused in the murder of 28-year-old Jonathon Bradely Coles.

NewsChannel 3 has learned that he was arrested for murder twice before in the last eight years but had no convictions.

The first was in 2006 when he was just 17-years-old. Edwards was convicted and serving time, but months into his sentence, that murder conviction was overthrown and he was found not guilty.

Then Edwards was arrested for murder again in 2011. But those charges were dropped and reports at the time said there was a lack of evidence.

Now Edwards is behind bars for the May 17th murder of Jonathon Coles. Eaddy is worried justice won't be served for her son.

“I just worry that if Kuwame is going to walk out a free man,” says Eaddy.

NewsChannel 3 caught up with Eaddy at the murder scene of 21-year-old Tyquan Woods. He was found dead in Hampton early Saturday morning. She says Woods and her son were good friends.

“It’s still going to be murder. People still going to be dying because it`s not going to end here, it`s not,” says Eaddy.

After Saturday morning's standoff with police, Edwards faces a list of charges in both Hampton and Newport News, which just has this mother hoping Edwards doesn't come out of jail any time soon.