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Multiple Charges for Wilson Cnty. Deputy


NASHVILLE, Tenn.  --  A former Wilson County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant is in jail today facing a long list of charges.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation served 39 year-old Mount Juliet resident John Patrick Edwards with multiple charges yesterday after he was indicted by both the Davidson County and Wilson County grand juries.

The charges stem from offenses going back at least five years that officials say Edwards committed while serving as a police officer.

According to a news release from the TBI, the list of incidents resulting in charges out of Wilson County alone is  extensive. The release reads in part,

"In March of 2011, Edwards attempted to kill his wife by poisoning her. 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. Other vehicles that were legitimately seized by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Edwards forged documents on in an attempt to claim ownership. Edwards checked out an unknown amount of marijuana from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office evidence room and arranged for it to be sold for his personal gain. He also provided sensitive or confidential information to the target of a drug investigation in exchange for $15,000 cash."

Officials in Davidson County have their own list, including a 2007 incident alleging Edwards burglarized the home of a former girl-friend, then gave the stolen items to his wife as gifts.

Edwards is currently incarcerated in the Robertson County Jail on a federal charge.