Former Wilson County sheriff's officer charged with multiple crimes in two counties

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 4:07pm
Staff reports

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.

7 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 11/21/11 at 11:03

Not all officers are good men, are they?

By: govskeptic on 11/22/11 at 6:24

To be one of our larger Mid-Tn counties with a long serving
Sheriff, there certainly has been a lot of deputies out of that
Sheriff's Dept. that have gotten into or caused several serious
crimes!

By: Jughead on 11/22/11 at 8:26

What a psycho. He's the reason we need jails.

By: 742180 on 11/22/11 at 8:46

I am amazed (and amused) at the personality types that make up the police force. I think that there is something to the suggestion that they are the kids that never got choosen, that they are using the Police force to say hey look at me now.
The number of police officers who are 'zealots' for power is amazing to me. Their temperments are that of the opressive parent, you cannot (better not) speak back to them.
And NO WHERE are they more zealous and displaying the protypical Policeman attitude than in Mt. Juliet, TN. I have never seen such an accumulation of short, bald headed, beefed up, generally white guys, who are constantly on the hunt to write a ticket for going 3 miles per hour over the limit. I'll bet these guys would be a lot of fun at a party.

By: tenn.Big Dog on 11/23/11 at 8:55

Tenn. Big Dog

IT IS A SHAME THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED. I HAVE KNOWN JOHN EDWARDS FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS, AND HE WAS A GREAT COP. SHERIFF ASH IS ALSO MY FRIEND AND HE HAD LOTS OF RESPECT FOR JOHN AS HE DID A GREAT SERVICE FOR THE SHERIFF DEPT. BEFORE THIS CHANGE IN HIM.
I AM RETIRED NASHVILLE OFFICER, AND I LIVE IN WILSON COUNTY.

THERE WILL BE A LOT OF KNUCKLE HEADS AND THOSE WHOM JUST DON'T LIKE THE POLICE FOR WHATEVER REASON, THAT WILL TRY TO JUDGE ALL OFFICERS FOR THE ACTIONS OF ONE COP GONE BAD. IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD THE GUTS TO WALK IN A POLICEMAN OR SHERIFFS DEPUTY'S SHOES, AND YOU ARE NOT GOD, DON'T BE SO QUICK TO JUDGE US...YOU EXPECT US TO DO AN IMPOSSIBLE jOB OF TRYING TO PROTECT YOU BUT AT THE SAME TIME TAKE YOUR CRITICISM ON HOW WE DO IT. ********************THINK ABOUT IT.

BACK TO JOHN EDWARDS, I AM SORRY THAT HE HAS GONE BAD, BUT HE WILL HAVE HIS DAY IN COURT, WHERE JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED. I PRAY FOR JOHN, AND HIS FAMILY WHOM IS BEING EMBARRASED BY THIS MESS, AS WELL AS THE WILSON COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT. FOR THE BLACK EYE.

By: 742180 on 11/23/11 at 11:41

Big Dog, please don't misunderstand my comments. It's not that I don't like police (I am not that close minded or petty), its just that the evolution of the Police Officer makes them easy to resent. As a former Cop, you know only too well that many take the authority/power they have been given to a level which doesn't work well.
They would not want to be treated the way they treat people, yet the power syndrome is hard for them to contain.
Best of luck to you and all law officers, you have a hard, hard job and our legal system doesn't make it any easier. Out..............

By: zmania on 11/28/11 at 7:03

I believe the sheriff department as s whole should be investigated. Edwards seemed to have full access to everything. I trully don't think he has acted alone on at least some of these charges"Z"