Dodge City resident William Henry Edwards, 21, was sentenced to 17 years in prison Friday at the Ford County District Court in connection with the 2012 murder of Miguel Tol-Juar
Dodge City resident William Henry Edwards, 21, was sentenced to 17 years in prison Friday at the Ford County District Court in connection with the 2012 murder of Miguel Tol-Juarez. On the night of Aug. 5, 2012, three Dodge City residents, William Henry Edwards, Miguel Solis, and Jesus Riveras entered the home of Miguel Tol-Juarez located at 806 Ave. F where Juarez was shot, resulting in his death. After the incident Edwards, Solis, and Riveras returned to a party they were initially at, where they were overheard talking about the robbery that ended up in a homicide. Witnesses at the party led the Dodge City Police Department to find the three defendants in the investigation and after finding evidence at the residence of 807 Ave. H pertaining to Edwards, he was taken into custody Aug. 8, 2012. Edwards' first appearance was August 10, 2012 where he was informed of his four charges including one count: murder in the first degree; one count: aggravated robbery; one count: aggravated battery; one count: aggravated battery Edwards bond was set at $500,000, a pretrial was set for Aug. 01, 2013 and was followed by a jury trial that took place Nov. 18 through the 22. According to Ford County Court records, factual allegations described in detail at a preliminary hearing is that the three defendants, returned to 807 Ave. H, after the homicide. Physical evidence located at the scene of 807 Ave. H on the next day included a Kansas driver's license issued to Edwards, as well as his Kansas inmate identification card. The Ford County Court records also state that on the night of the murder, the defendants consumed intoxicating beverages and used illegal controlled substances including napthyindole-based substances, commonly known as "K2" or "spice" and methamphetamine. As part of a plea negotiation, Edwards entered a no contest plea to one count aiding and abetting murder in the second degree. The remaining counts were dismissed. In a seperate case, involving criminal threat while in jail, Edwards was charged with one count of criminal threat. Edwards pled no contest. He was sentenced to 16 months, this sentence will run concurrently with his felony charge.