Verdict In For Parking Lot Murder

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By: Garin Flowers
June 20, 2013

Madison County, FL - Cedrick Edwards has been found guilty on murder charges in the beating death of Michael Logan.

The jury deliberated for 40 minutes before making the decision.

By: Garin Flowers
June 20, 2013

Madison County, FL - Cedrick Edwards is accused of the beating death of Michael Logan.

Madison Police say back in August of 2011, Logan was simply picking up medicine for his wife, and was attacked by Edwards with a metal jack iron.

Police say Edwards was arrested about ten minutes later and he was charged with murder.

The interesting thing here is police say they know he did it, but want to find out a motive, why he committed the murder.

Rumors went flying-- People saying they heard Edwards say different things but nothing has been substantiated.

By: Garin Flowers

Madison County, FL - Today, the trial began for a local man accused of beating another man to death.

Cedrick Edwards was arrested for murder nearly two years ago in Madison.

Police say Edwards beat Michael Logan to death with a metal jack iron in August 2011 outside of the Madison County Health Department. Officers arrested him that same day and charged him with murder.

Today was jury selection for the case and wrapped up around 3:30 p.m. The trial continues tomorrow in the Madison County courtroom at 9 a.m.

The Madison County Clerk's office says there is a long list of witnesses, but that the trial is scheduled to end by Thursday.

[UPDATE] Feb. 13, 2012 at 6:40 p.m.

Kim Barnhill received a call last August she'll never forget.

Her staff at the Madison County Health Department told her a man was badly beaten in their parking lot.

It all happened that morning.

"Someone who worked in our Women's Health Center had come down and opened the door and said call 9-1-1, it's an emergency," said Barnhill, adminstrator for the department.

Police say on that day Michael Logan went to pick up his wife's medicine. That's when Cedrick Edwards attacked him with a tire iron.

Logan died.

"I've been in this business for about 27 years now and have had to do that on a few occasions to make that kind of death notification," said Chief Gary Calhoun of the Madison Police Department.

"It never gets easier."

Officials say Edwards attacked Logan in this parking lot and thanks to witnesses, they identified him.

Police caught him less than ten minutes later.

"Folks here in Madison stepped up and stood out," added Chief Calhoun.

"They pointed out and told us what happened and what they saw. We were able to get that identification of the suspect very very quickly."

Chief Calhoun says this is no longer a case of who committed the crime. Now they are trying to find out, why he did it.

When Logan was beaten, the staff at the Madison County Health Department jumped to his aid. Barnhill is proud of the way her team responded to this tragic incident.

"They performed optimally, I mean you couldn't have asked for any better response to an emergency situation like this," Barnhill said.

[UPDATE] Feb. 13, 2012

Police say they have new evidence in a murder that happened in a local health department parking lot. The incident happened in Madison, Florida back in August 2011.

Police say Michael Logan was beaten to death with a metal jack iron back in August. Officers arrested Cedrick Edwards that same day and charged him with murder.

What's new is that police now say they have DNA evidence connecting Edwards to the crime. Investigators say they collected Logan's DNA evidence from the bottom of Edwards' shoes.
Now police are looking for a motive in the case.

They believe there are some people in the community who may know what led up to the deadly beating. Police are asking anyone with information in this case to contact them. The State Attorneys Office has said identifying a motive would make the case against Edwards a lot more solid.

Coming up tonight on Eyewitness News, we'll hear from Police Chief Gary Calhoun about how they're starting to put together the pieces to this murder case.

Updated 8-25-11 6:00 PM

A man who went to the Madison County Health Department to pick up a prescription, ended up being beaten to death.

Officers have not released his exact age, but say he was in his 60s.

"I can't hardly believe it, I see it there I see the body but I just can't hardly believe it," says Madison County Resident Janie Cambrick.

Janie Cambrick was one of few bystanders on the scene, watching as investigators put the pieces together of Michael Logan's death.

Witnesses on scene fingered Cedrick Edwards as the the man who committed the brutal attack, but they haven't figured out why.

"We really have no idea of any kind of motive we don't believe they knew each other so we don't know if it's a robbery or what it was," says Police Chief Gary Calhoun.

Investigators say the attack happened around 10:30 Thursday morning on August 25. Officers shut down the health department while they investigated.

"Folks from the health department had come out and tried to render aid to the victim, he was in the parking lot and he pretty much had been beaten to death," says Calhoun.

Late Thursday afternoon, Logan's body still remained at the scene, while investigators waited for a medical examiner to arrive.

Logan's vehicle remains at the scene, officers tell us he was just inches away from his vehicle when the incident took place.

Although Edwards has been arrested in connection with the fatal beating, he has not yet been charged. Logan's body has been taken to Jacksonville for an autopsy.

Madison, Florida - August 25, 2011

A person has been arrested, but not formally charged, in connection with the beating death at the Madison County Health Department parking lot. Cedrick Edwards was arrested according to the Madison Police Department.

The victim was Michael Logan, a man in his 60s. The Madison Police chief is headed to the scene now.

Madison, Florida - August 25, 2011

Pictures and video are courtesy of the Madison Voice

Folks living in Madison are in shock this afternoon. A man was apparently beaten to death in the parking lot of the Health Department.

Witnesses say by the time the ambulance arrived around 10:30 the victim was already dead.

Madison police and FDLE agents acted quickly and caught the suspect within 20 minutes of the incident.

The suspects name and the victim's name have not been released at this time.

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  • by David Location: Wakulla on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM
    Theres no doubt this was a hate crime but lets not crowd the issue and spend even more of our tax money convicting this animal on minor charges compared to the aggravated murder charges that he deserves. Im more concerned that he will get "special" treatment just because he's a mental midget. The law defines this from his IQ which is wrong because the average IQ for this male is in the moron range. What a twisted sick world. It pains me to think my tax dollars will be spent feeding and housing this animal.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:07 AM
    WCTV I told you then and I will tell you now. You under-reported this probable hate crime. I know my comment will never reach the light of day. You will know how I feel about your bias reporting. You censored my comments in August 2011. Have at it.
  • by Rodney King Location: Los Angeles on Feb 13, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    Can't we all just get along?
  • by realitychecker Location: anon on Feb 13, 2012 at 02:12 PM
    i doubt if anyone will come forward. some of these people were joking and laughing on the video.blacks are always screaming for justice but really dont care IF the victim is white.
  • by Shannon Miller Location: Tallahassee, Florida on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM
    Looks like the death of a man is being overlooked. His death had nothing to do with Samuel L. Jackson! Nor BLACK Gangs. Don't turn someone's death into an excuse to cowardly display your feelings for BLACKS. Be a real man or woman and just say your a cherry-necked racist.It's funny how every coward has the mane ANONYMOUS. I'll put my real name and address, because I can back anything I say and if god is for me nobody can touch me.Praying for the killer and you!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 06:21 PM in reply to Shannon Miller
      Yea Shannon a mans death was overlooked by a parking lot full of cowards and then didn't want to get a brother in trouble by talking to the cops and trust me I can back anything I say and unlike you I take it your black? I risk loosing my job but in your cause you have nothing to worry do yea sista?
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        by Curious on Feb 14, 2012 at 05:21 AM in reply to Anonymous
        When you mention "losing your job", what do you mean? Is it that you are under pressure by the MCHD/JCHD not to speak up and come forward?
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          by Mecq on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:52 PM in reply to Curious
          This vile person cannot have a job that requires focus. They're on the internet too much to be productive.
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        by mecq on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM in reply to Anonymous
        @Anonymous.....You don't know what you're talking about as usual. According to the Chief of Police of Madison the wittnesses in the Parking Lot immeadiatley identified the suspect; whom was apprehended in 10mins. So what the heck are you whining about today.????? You have something to say about everything and everybody; but not the nerves or confidence to identify yourself. Are you covered in a sheet...???? You know nothing about Madison.
  • by Concerned in Madison Location: Madison on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM
    All the comments regarding race are totally unnecessary. You and I are not the Judge, God is.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee,Fla on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    Flash mobs beating the hell out of white people,old white man in Philadelphia killed by a gang of blacks,white kids attacked at school, young white boy beaten almost to death by a gang of blacks,Samuel Jackson admitting voting for Obama because he's black and those sorry scum to stand there while this man was beaten to death and then didn't see a thing? move along folks nothing to see here.......
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      by anon on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM in reply to Anonymous
      while all those things may be horrible, they are unrelated for many reasons. do not lump things like that together, it just doesn't make sense.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 06:11 PM in reply to anon
        To stand there and watch the man get beat to death and then tell the cops you didn't see nothing and stand off to the side and laugh now that don't make no sense!!!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 01:41 PM in reply to Anonymous
      Not all blacks are bad.
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      by conservative democrat on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:35 PM in reply to Anonymous
      you difinitly have issues, whatdoes Obama have to do with this article??
  • by Waiting Patiently on Sep 7, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    This despicable excuse of a human brutally attacked and killed a guy who was innocently running an errand. For what? He deserves to rot in hell and suffer every single day of his miserable life. If, by some chance, this POS gets out early, his days on Earth will be numbered. He chose the wrong defenseless dude to jump. Real tough guy, huh? I'd welcome the opportunity to snap his neck and rid the system of the responsibility for caring for this waste product.
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      by Dee on Feb 14, 2012 at 08:42 AM in reply to Waiting Patiently
      Hate to tell you, but the WORST that will happen to him is he gets 3 hots and a cot plus medical care, gym etc. for the rest of his pathetic life. All provided for by we generous tax-payers. Yep, great system we have here!
  • by local Location: madison on Aug 30, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    for whomever that got anything to say,yall dont know what this man done been through. he had alot on his mind i guess and the first (white) person he seen he beat them. the whites have did terrible things to him but yall dont look at it that way. we always the bad ones. but, look how yall done did us????? we back again.
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      by jody rider on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM in reply to local
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        by Cows Rule on Feb 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM in reply to jody rider
        @Jody Rider, look at the comment you just wrote your comment under. "local" is so obviously trying to poor gas on a fire, I would lay money on "local" being an ignorant white person. It's just too intentional.
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          by Well Said on Feb 14, 2012 at 01:42 PM in reply to Cows Rule
          Well said.
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      by Madville on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM in reply to local
      So it is ok for him to beat a man to death, because someone that was the same color "disrepected" him before. Theres no logic there.
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      by unbelievable on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM in reply to local
      Local, what kind of a fool are you? EVERYONE has things on their mind. Ya'll? you must be referring to something back in history.. well, all those people are gone, and the ones here now think and act differently. Always the same excuse, "he been thru hard times" " he got things on his mind" he be a good man, he just slipped up" give us a break. It is called lack of maturity and control.
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        by Grace on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:33 PM in reply to unbelievable
        No, it's called evil - pure evil, beating an elderly man to death. and yet in our "justice" system he will be provided legal representation (why, when numerous people saw the despicable act?), food, shelter, medical care etc., etc., all on the taxpayers dime. Something very wrong here!
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      by anon on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM in reply to local
      just. wow.
  • by CLW on Aug 27, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    Another reason right here why it isn't safe for children to be walking 2 miles to a bus stop now days. It's not like it used to be...
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