PHOTO:  Suspect Jonathan Edwards pled to Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm for an August 2013 shooting that severely injured one person in SW Cape Coral.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Suspect Jonathan Edwards pled to Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm for an August 2013 shooting that severely injured one person in SW Cape Coral.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 242-3341

 

CASE UPDATE:  2013 Attempted Murder Suspect Sentenced

 

(July 22, 2014)-  A suspect in a 2013 Attempted Murder in SW Cape Coral has been sentenced to prison.

Suspect Jonathan Edwards pled to the original charge, Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm (causing great bodily harm), and was sentenced to 10 years DOC (day-for-day time due to 10-20-LIFE law), followed by 10 years probation.

Edwards was arrested days after a shooting in the 500 block of SW 47th terrace left Jamar Martin, then 20 years old, in critical condition.

"We are heartened by the outcome of this case, where a dangerous individual such as Edwards will be off the streets of SW Florida for the next decade.  We are also thankful for the public's assistance in this apprehension.  The quick response to Police calls for tips in this case was of tremendous assistance."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

Original release after the break.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 242-3341

 

Cape Coral Police Make Arrest in Weekend Shooting

(September 4, 2013)-  Cape Coral Police Detectives have arrested Jonathan Baer Edwards, 30, on charges of Attempted Murder stemming from a shooting last Saturday night.

On Saturday August 31st, Cape Coral Police began investigating a shooting incident that left Jamar Martin, 20, in critical condition. Jamar and another man were traveling in a car when they pulled into a car port at 505 SW 47th Terrace.

 A suspect got into the back seat of the car and pulled a handgun on the driver and Martin. The suspect fired the gun several times, striking Martin twice. The driver exited the car and fled on foot as well as the shooter. Martin stumbled to Cape Coral Parkway and flagged down a motorist who called police. 

After a composite sketch was released, police began receiving multiple tips identifying Edwards as the shooter. One of the tips placed Jonathan Baer Edwards in the area of the shooting at the same date and time of the incident. He was seen driving away from the scene in a reckless manner, even hitting bushes as he drove away damaging his car. An eye-witness identified Edwards as the shooter from a photo line-up.

On September 3rd at 8pm, Edwards was observed running a stop sign by officers. During a traffic stop, a Police K9 alerted to narcotics in his car.  Edwards was arrested for possession of drugs without a prescription and transported to Cape Coral Police Headquarters for questioning about the shooting. Edwards’ car had scratches and damage consistent with striking bushes, as described by the anonymous tipster.

Jonathan Baer Edwards was placed under arrest for Attempted Murder and taken to the Lee County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.