A former Wilson County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant was hit with multiple charges after grand juries in Davidson County and Wilson County indicted him for a variety of crimes.
John Patrick Edwards, 39, of Mount Juliet is charged with 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 of more than $10,000 and one count of tampering with evidence, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
In March, the state district attorney serving Wilson County requested the TBI look into allegations of theft and domestic violence against Edwards. The TBI said Edwards allegedly tried to kill his wife in March by poisoning her.
In addition, investigators said they uncovered illegal activities done by Edwards while on the job. According to the TBI, Edwards tried to forge documents related to government-seized vehicles in order to claim ownership. He also allegedly checked out an unknown amount of marijuana from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and arranged for it to be sold for his personal gain.
The Davidson County district attorney’s office also requested a TBI investigation on Edwards, just a couple days after the initial request for an investigation. The TBI said it uncovered an instance in 2007 when Edwards stole items from his ex-girlfriend and gave them to his wife as a gift.
The TBI, the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office worked the investigation. On Monday, Edwards was jailed in the Robertson County on a federal charge.