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Travis Edwards

Friday, October 11, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Penhook man who was indicted in May on six drug-related charges was indicted Monday on two additional drug charges.

Travis Devon Edwards, 29, was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

In May, Edwards was indicted on two counts of distribution of heroin, one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and three counts of child endangerment.

Edwards was also indicted on one count of failing to re-register as a sex offender after having been convicted of a sexually violent offense.

After investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office arranged two controlled purchases of heroin, they executed a search warrant on April 16 at a residence on Novelty Road, where Edwards was staying, according to Sgt. Tim Taylor.

Investigators seized 33 packets of heroin at the residence, marijuana, digital scales and other paraphernalia consistent with the packaging and sale of narcotics, Taylor said.

Three minor children were present at the residence, Taylor said, which led to the child endangerment charges.

Edwards' girlfriend, Kristen Javon Tolliver, who was also living at the Novelty Road residence, was also indicted on three felony counts of child endangerment as a result of the investigation, Taylor said.

Tolliver pleaded guilty in August to one felony count of child endangerment and two misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Tolliver faces up to seven years in prison. Her sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 25 at 8:30 a.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court.

Edwards' trial on the first six charges is set for Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. in circuit court. A trial date for the two new charges has not been set.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

 
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