(Carrollton, GA) — A Franklin man has been booked into the Carroll County jail tonight after being indicted on six counts of malice murder and felony murder.
35-year-old Samuel Lewis Edwards was serving time in the Heard County jail on unrelated charges before being turned over to authorities in Carroll today.
Edwards is charged in the cold case death of Toyal Edwana Jackson, a 22-year-old University of West Georgia student from Dekalb County who was last seen Oct. 29, 2000 in Carrollton.
According to reports, Jackson was never seen alive again after she told her college roommates she was going to Wal-Mart.
According to an an article published today by The Times-Georgian, a Carrollton city sanitation worker discovered Jackson’s body on Nov. 30, 2000, while clearing a spray field at a city wastewater treatment facility.
The Times-Georgian article also cites an email from Assistant District Attorney Jeff Hunt which states: “On May 7, 2014, the Carroll County Grand Jury heard lengthy testimony from a detective with the Carrollton Police Department concerning the 2000 death of Toyal Jackson.”
“After deliberating on the officer’s testimony, the jury returned a true bill of indictment charging Samuel Lewis Edwards with murder and felony murder,” said Hunt.
“Because this is a pending case, the District Attorney’s Office and the Carrollton Police Department will be making no further comments. At this time, the family of Toyal Jackson does not wish to make a public statement and asks that members of the press please respect the family’s privacy,” Hunt added.
The cold case was reopened by the Carrollton Police Department in October of last year and the reward in the case was raised to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Jackson’s death.
Heard County arrest records indicate that Edwards was arrested on April 2, 2014 and charged with Obstruction of an Officer and Public Intoxication. Edwards was also arrested on October 31, 2013 and charged with Driving on Suspended License, Tail Light Requirement, Open Container and Failure to Maintain Lane.
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