The Associated Press
JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) - MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former drifter accused of killing two high school sweethearts nearly 30 years ago told detectives he had sex with the woman and then watched a group of men stomp the couple to death, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
Edward W. Edwards, 76, told detectives after his arrest in Louisville, Ky., in July that he didn't know who killed 19-year-olds Tim Hack and Kelly Drew, according to the complaint filed by Jefferson County prosecutors. The couple disappeared in August 1980 from a wedding reception at a hall near a campground where Edwards worked as a handyman.
But when asked how his DNA was found in a semen sample found on Drew's pants, Edwards said he drank with Hack and Drew at a triangular table and that he had consensual sex with her in a field outside the reception hall, prosecutors said. The complaint does not specify where the three allegedly drank.
Edwards told detectives he saw Hack fight with two men, and that the men stomped Hack to death as Drew screamed. He then saw three men stomp Kelly to death as she lay on her back. He said he didn't intervene or tell police because he didn't want to get involved, according to the complaint.
He told detectives he had thought about killing people, but had never done so, prosecutors said.
Edwards, who has been living in Louisville for several years, was charged last month with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Hack and Drew. He has not entered a plea in the case yet. His attorney, Jeffery De La Rosa, didn't immediately return a phone message Thursday seeking comment.
According to the complaint, Edwards' wife, Kay Edwards, told detectives that she and her husband left Wisconsin "awfully quickly" at night after he was questioned about the slain couple nearly three decades ago. They moved to Pennsylvania, even though Edwards hadn't lined up a job and didn't know anyone there, she allegedly said. The couple moved around frequently but it was unusual for them to leave after the school year started, she said.
Edwards wrote an autobiography in which he detailed crisscrossing the country in the 1950s, running scams, seducing women and robbing banks. He landed on the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives list before he was eventually captured. He claimed to have turned his life around after a stint in federal prison.