On the May 7, 2014 the Carroll County Grand Jury heard lengthy testimony from a detective with the Carrollton Police Department concerning the 2000 death of Toyal Jackson. After deliberating on the officer’s testimony, the jury returned a true bill of indictment charging Samuel Lewis Edwards with murder and felony murder.
Edwards is currently in the Heard County Jail. No other information was given at press time.
Because this is a pending case, the District Attorney’s Office and the Carrollton Police Department will be making no further comments. At this time, the family of Toyal Jackson does not wish to make a public statement and asks that members of the press please respect the family’s privacy.
We did find this information on-line this afternoon:
"Samuel Lewis Edwards, 35, Star Point Road, Franklin, GA 30217, arrested on 04/02/2014, charged with Obstruction of an Officer and Public Intoxication."
We cannot confirm that the above is the reason for his current incarceration in Heard County, but it would appear likely.
It was last year that Mayor Wayne Garner, in a press conference at the Carrollton City Hall, announced the reopening of the unsolved murder case of the University of West Georgia student who was abducted and brutally murdered. In 2000, the body of Toyal Jackson was found in the spray fields of Carrollton. At that point investigators said leads had dried up and the case had gone cold. Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner also announced that the reward was increased to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of a suspect in this case.