Crittenden County Prisoner Hangs Self Following Murder Conviction

FEBRUARY 27, 2006 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CST, updated at 11:00 a.m. CST

MARION, AR - A DeWitt man is dead today after apparently hanging himself early yesterday in his cell at the Crittenden County jail after being convicted Friday of first-degree murder in the 2004 strangulation death of a 68-year-old West Memphis woman.

Keith Edwards, 43, was to serve a life sentence for the July 30, 2004, death of Tommie Davis.  Edwards was a neighbor of Davis' when he lived in West Memphis.  Police say they have no clear motive for the killing, but the victim was also reported to be the mother of Crittenden County deputy Barry Davis.

The key evidence in the case is a piece of duct tape that was at the crime scene.  The tape had blood on it.  It also had skin cells on it that were from Edwards.

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