Edwards trial set today

Joe P. Asher Staff Writer

October 14, 2013

A man who allegedly shot at police during an incident on Ivy Hill in December is scheduled to stand trial today.

Jury selection for the trial of Joseph Edwards, 27, of Harlan is set for 9 a.m. in Harlan Circuit Court.

Edwards was charged with attempted murder of a police officer and wanton endangerment of a police officer after he allegedly opened fire on officers attempting to serve a search warrant at Apt. 2, 201 Meadow Drive.

The citation states Harlan County sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve a warrant on Edward’s residence. Edwards fired a handgun at the deputies as they made entry into the residence, according to the citation. Deputies returned fire, and after a brief standoff, Edwards lowered his weapon and surrendered to deputies.

Edwards trial, originally set to begin Oct. 16, was moved up a day to accommodate the possibility of a longer trial.

A march was held on Oct. 5. in Harlan to support Edwards and other military veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Edwards mother, Lynn Edwards, stated in a previous report that Joseph Edwards suffers from PTSD connected with his military service.

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