Police test gun in Eutaw murder

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 17, 2004

The Eutaw Police Department is awaiting forensic evidence this week in the investigation into a homicide Jan. 31 at the Eutaw Trailer Park.

Derrick Edwards, 28, of Eutaw, was fatally shot twice with what officials believe was a handgun. A weapon was recovered from Samuel Braggs, 25, of Eutaw, said Police Chief Reginald Spencer, and the gun is being tested at the forensics lab in Tuscaloosa.

Braggs was arrested Feb. 5 for an old charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and a parole violation. Officers with Alabama Bureau of Investigation interviewed him.

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Braggs remains in the Greene County Jail under a $25,000 bond.

Other persons have been interviewed, Spencer said. No arrests have been made.

An autopsy on Edwards is also being performed at a state forensic lab in Tuscaloosa to determine what kind of weapon was used.

Raymond Powell, 24, of Eutaw, the owner of the trailer where the homicide occurred, was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was released Feb. 12 from the Greene County Jail on $50,000 bond.

The victim was wanted in connection with outstanding warrants for robbery and assault cases in December 2003 in the north Snoddy community, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.