An ex-convict and registered sex offender pleaded guilty in two cases Thursday involving murder, attempted rape and assault.
Lane Walter Edwards, 48, is set to serve a life sentence in prison, with an additional 10-year sentence, as part of plea agreement in the two cases.
Edwards attempted to rape a woman who was crossing the Woodland Street Bridge in October 2011. The 23-year-old woman escaped and called police.
While being interviewed by the police in connection with the attempted rape, Edwards admitted to killing Robert Johnson a month earlier at a homeless camp under the Jefferson Street Bridge.
Edwards thought Johnson had money that belonged to him, so he woke him up in the middle of the night and struck him multiple times in the head with a rock. Johnson later died from his injuries at the hospital.
Edwards is serving the life sentence for murder and the 10-year sentence for attempted aggravated rape.