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Halifax County murder suspect might be in drag

Posted September 26, 2011

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— Roanoke Rapids police say a 29-year-old man sought in connection with two murders could be cross-dressing to elude arrest.

Herman Lee Edwards, of 119 Madison St. in Roanoke Rapids, is accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Lorenzo Tann Jr. on Wednesday night outside at a home on Madison Street.

"We're still looking into that motive," Roanoke Rapids Police Capt. Andy Jackson said Monday. 

Edwards, who goes by the nickname Smurf, is also accused in the shooting death of Brandon Tyrone Peterson, 29, in the 1000 block of Maple Street Extension in Weldon on Sept. 18, Halifax County sheriff's deputies said. 

Investigators have arrested Kevin Joseph Braxton, 26, and Adrianne Kay Daniel, 26, in connection with the shooting. Both men are being held without bond and will go before a judge Oct. 12. The Halifax County Sheriff's Office has also obtained a murder warrant for 22-year-old Daniel Staime, who is being held in Nassau County, New York without bond.

Edwards is also wanted on cocaine possession charges in Weldon and a breaking and entering charge in Roanoke Rapids. 

Edwards was charged with attempted murder in 2008 and assault with a deadly weapon in 2000, according to North Carolina Department of Correction records. He served time in prison for possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Anyone with more information about Edwards' whereabouts is asked to call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8051 or Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444.

Herman Lee Edwards Murder suspect sought in Halifax County

Halifax County Sheriff's Office Maj. Bruce Temple said there have been eight murders in Halifax County in a little more than three months. He said Edwards is only connected to the two most recent cases. 

"It's very alarming. I mean, we're all concerned. Anytime you have a rise in violence, we're concerned," Jackson said.

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  • mikeyj Sep 27, 5:50 p.m.

    Dragnet was a 70's version of reality tv. Usually aired just before OR just after ADAM 12. I loved both. Because of this I am a LAW & ORDER "junkie". Opens at the scene, goes through investigation ends with the courtroom. Bigger on SVU as thee sorta push the "language" threshold. Ahhh for my youth. Maybe I can set up a dragnet and find 40 years.

  • mikeyj Sep 27, 5:07 p.m.

    Uh, he did the crime, he was convicted, he served a sufficient portion of his sentence and he was paroled. It's really quite simple. mike. NOT quite that simple. I beg to differ. This is the unlighted portion of our "modern society. They get a sentence of 10 yrs. It should not be! A day under the 10 year mark. Time off for good behavior. Horse puck bay bee. Jails are not to teach socially acceptable behavior patterns. They were designed as "punishments". Iforgot to renew my membership to the ACLU so you will forgive me if I say send the illegal/undocumented workers home. Put our men/woman guilty of unlawfull behavior pattern out on these farms watering that cotton and beans with their sweat. I was taught accountability at age (toilet training) But we in modern society can't even hold our public officials accountable why expext a murderer to be.

  • fayncmike Sep 27, 2:12 p.m.

    "Did he serve time in prison for the attempted murder in 2008?? Why was this guy even out on the streets?
    cghsmom"

    Uh, he did the crime, he was convicted, he served a sufficient portion of his sentence and he was paroled. It's really quite simple.

  • pipcolt Sep 27, 1:05 p.m.

    These decision makers on who should get paroled or not need to ask themself. Would I feel safe for myself and my family if this person had to spend 90 days and nights at my house before they can be turned loose on the streets.

  • MudLife Sep 26, 6:56 p.m.

    eww

  • SaltlifeLady Sep 26, 6:48 p.m.

    Did he serve time in prison for the attempted murder in 2008?? Why was this guy even out on the streets?

  • prayin4tr Sep 26, 6:38 p.m.

    Investigators have arrested Kevin Joseph Braxton, 26, and Adrianne Kay Daniel, 26, in connection with the shooting. Both men are being held without bond and will go before a judge Oct. 12.
    Adrianne is a female. And they've also been charged with a September 15 break-in at Old Farm Road Apartments.

  • flapy Sep 26, 6:14 p.m.

    yuck

  • Axilla Sep 26, 5:35 p.m.

    DRAGNET: a system or network for finding or catching someone, as a criminal wanted by the police.