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Former Wilson County Lieutenant Indicted For Multiple Crimes

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Davidson County and Wilson County, TN

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John Patrick Edwards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former Wilson County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant has been charged with multiple crimes all committed while he was serving as a police officer.

John Patrick Edwards, 39 was indicted by both the Davidson County and Wilson County grand juries on multiple charges, including attempted first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, money laundering, and theft over $10,000 to name a few.

In March of 2011 the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began investigating Edwards after allegations of theft and domestic violence began to surface.

The TBI investigation found that not only had Edwards tried to kill his wife by poisoning her, but he was also involved in numerous criminal acts spanning several years.

"Edwards is accused of claiming to witness a drug deal between two men, then proceeded to hold them at gunpoint, falsely arrested them and seized their vehicles and cash," said TBI Spokesperson Kristen Helm.

The TBI went on to explain that Edward also stole marijuana from the Wilson County Sheriff's Office evidence room and sold it for personal profit, he sold confidential information to the target of a drug investigation and he forged documents in an attempt to claim ownership of items seized by the Sheriff's Department.

Officials said that in October of 2007 Edwards also burglarized the residence of his former girlfriend and then gave the stolen items to his wife as gifts.

Edwards was indicted by the Wilson County grand jury on one count of attempted first degree murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, seven counts of money laundering, two counts of official misconduct, two counts of fabrication of evidence, three counts of theft over $10,000 and one count of tampering with evidence.

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