Williams sentenced for 2016 murder of Lawrence man

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Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry recently announced Bryan Williams was convicted and sentenced for the December 2016 stabbing death of Gerald Edwards.

Williams was convicted March 11 after a five-day jury trial. He was sentenced to 58 years in prison.

Officers from the Lawrence Police Dept. responded to a call at the entrance of a neighborhood near 75th Street and Carroll Road. Upon arrival, they found Edwards on the ground outside of the passenger side of a Cadillac, which was driven by Williams.

Williams told officers he and Edwards were returning to Indianapolis when they were involved in a road rage incident with a third party near Hamilton Town Center. He further claimed that it wasn’t until the two men were back inside their vehicle that they discovered Edwards was bleeding. When investigators followed up on the claim, they found no evidence of a fight. Cellphone records also showed Williams did not drive the route he claimed. Additionally, a pocket knife was located the following day in the yard where Edwards’ body was found. 

According to a 911 call, two men who matched Williams’ and Edwards’ descriptions were seen fighting on Ind. 38 near a white Cadillac. The caller said they then stopped fighting and one man helped the other into the car before driving away.

Personal items belonging to Edwards were later found in that area on Ind. 38. Blood also was discovered at the area and identified in April 2017 as Edwards’ blood. Williams’ DNA was discovered on the pocket knife investigators found in the area where Edwards’ body was, and blood in the area was proven to belong to Williams and Edwards.

An autopsy showed Edwards suffered nine puncture wounds and three cuts to his torso. The cause of death came from three of the main wounds, two of which punctured his left lung and one entered his liver.

During the trial, prosecutors argued Williams stabbed Edwards several times prior to pulling over in the Lawrence neighborhood and then called 911. 


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