Facebook Photos Result in Arrest

By: FWC Release
By: FWC Release

Tallahassee, Florida - June 21, 2011 -

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators arrested a Tampa man June 17 after receiving a complaint about photos that had been posted on Facebook.

The complaint said that a deer and alligator had been freshly killed and that the suspected hunter, Kyle Edwards, 21, was also in the photos.

The animals allegedly were killed near Bronson in Levy County on private property north of Otter Creek.

FWC Investigator James Smith interviewed Edwards, who stated that on June 10, he and a friend went to the property in Otter Creek to camp and shoot a new AK-47 he had recently purchased at a Tampa gun show.

The two men saw an alligator on the dirt road leading to the camp, and Edwards shot and killed it. He explained they cleaned it, ate some of the meat and later gave the rest of the alligator meat to friends. The carcass was disposed of on a dump pile near the camp.

The next day, Edwards said, he shot and killed the deer. After taking a photograph of the animal, they repeated the process by cleaning the deer, eating some of the meat and giving the rest to friends. That carcass also ended up in the dump pile.

Edwards admitted to posting the photographs on his Facebook page and later removing the photos. He gave Smith a written statement about the incidents.

FWC investigators were able to locate and document the two animal carcasses as evidence in the case.

Edwards was issued a citation for taking deer during the closed season and for the illegal taking of an American alligator, both second-degree misdemeanors.

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  • by Brown Location: Tallahassee on Jun 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    If he wouldnt have signed a written statement he prob could have still wiggled out of prosecution. Just young and ignorant. the type of weapon is irrelevant
  • by Dee Location: Tallahassee on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:55 AM
    What a sport - killing defenseless animals with an AK47. They should send this guy to Afghanistan.
  • by 1stlttightwad Location: Quitman on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:32 AM
    Isn't this the same kind of guys that video tape their vandalism of houses, arson,etc., and then post it on youtube? And you wonder why these kids can't get a job, maybe, just maybe they are dumber than s##@.
  • by hunter Location: crawfordville on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:17 AM
    need to let them come to north florida and take out some bears
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 03:48 AM
    All he had to do was tell the cops the pictures were Photoshopped and that would have been the end of the story. Doofus.
  • by What? Location: Tallahassee on Jun 21, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    What about the AK47 Assault rifle? Didn't he break the law with that? If not, then I'll go get one.
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      by 1stlttightwad on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:24 AM in reply to What?
      Nope, no law broken with the AK47.It's a semi-auto just like your Remington or Browning. Go get one, it's a great, reliable weapon, just ask our troops.
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      by Mark on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:50 AM in reply to What?
      In answer to your question, If it was an actual AK-47(full auto,military version) yes, it is illegal to own except with the proper Federally issued license. More than likely it was a MAK-90, the semi auto civilian version of the same weapon. This has mostly cosmetic changes and is only capable of firing semi-automatically. Consequently, these guns are not as inaccurate as you suggest. I have known a few people who use them with the proper 5-round magazine to hunt deer. The round that they fire is ballistically identical to your granddad's .30-30 Winchester lever action rifle!
  • by terry Location: perry on Jun 21, 2011 at 04:33 PM
    i am supprised they even hit the animal with that piece of junk ak-47. all that gun is good for is makeing noise and spraying bullets.
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      by Mark on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:51 AM in reply to terry
      See my comment above as to the accuracy of these rifles.
  • by TIR on Jun 21, 2011 at 03:22 PM
    Was this a white idiot thug, because as we all know there are sooooo many white idiot thugs on the planet...sheesh.
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      by Mark on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:52 AM in reply to TIR
      idiot thugs come in all races and persuasions, no need to discriminate.
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      by GV on Jun 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM in reply to TIR
      Yeah,it was a white thing.It's a black thing to go and kill your grand daughter.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tally on Jun 21, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    This should make dumb crook news. How stupid can you be!
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      by Me on Jun 21, 2011 at 03:42 PM in reply to
      Almost as dumb as crooked Bill Proctor
  • by really on Jun 21, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    Beware what you post. You may be surprised who is watching your photos and status lol.
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      by 1stlttightwad on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:29 AM in reply to really
      Tsk,tsk, yup, just ask Weiner. Got a news flash for ya. Not everyone needs to know, wants to know, or cares to know about your activities. Get a real life....not an electronic facsimile.
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