Woman Gets Life in Prison for Son’s Death

OLATHE, Kan. (AP)–A woman was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for killing her 9-year-old adopted son by wrapping him in duct tape as punishment for stealing cookies. The boy was left overnight with only his nose uncovered and suffocated on his own vomit at the family’s home in Overland Park, west of Kansas City. […]

‘You must love discipline,’ Edgar children were taught

It was the kind of conclusion a child can make. The Bible says a thief should have his hand cut off, the 12-year-old boy was taught. Therefore, his parents were merciful because when he stole something a cookie, a piece of candy, water from the faucet they only tied him up. “Any kid […]

Father, Sitter Guilty in Boy’s Murder

OLATHE, Kan. – The adoptive father and baby sitter of a 9-year-old boy who died after being wrapped from head-to-toe in duct tape were convicted Thursday of murder and child abuse. Prosecutors said the boy was being punished for stealing cookies Dec. 29 when he was wrapped in duct tape with only his nose uncovered. […]

Father begins testimony in Edgar murder trial

Neil Edgar Sr. took the stand today as the defense began its case in the child-abuse murder trial of Edgar and family babysitter Chasity Boyd. His wife, Christy Edgar, pleaded guilty last week to charges of felony first-degree murder in the death of their son, 9-year-old Brian Edgar. He died Dec. 30, 2002, after being […]

Testimony: Christy Edgar said God directed punishment of children

It was God who came to Christy Edgar and gave her a new way to discipline children, she told members of her Kansas City, Kan., church. She should tie them up. That was the testimony today of former church member Chauntel Williams, who also told Johnson County District Court jurors that she had seen three […]

Victim’s siblings testify in Edgar trial

Brother saw boy bound with tape The bruises and tape residue on Brian Edgar’s body could tell only part of the story. The words of his brothers and sister filled in the blanks. In live and videotaped testimony Monday, a Johnson County District Court jury heard Brian’s three siblings describe how they and Brian were […]

Edgar children refused to implicate parents

Even after Neil Edgar Sr. told police that he had tied up and gagged his son Brian Edgar, three other children refused to implicate their parents in wrongdoing. Three surviving Edgar children were interviewed Dec. 30, several hours after Edgar took 9-year-old Brian to KU Med, where he was pronounced dead. On Friday, jurors in […]

Father told police he tied, gagged son before child died

Neil Edgar Sr. told detectives that he alone was responsible for tying and gagging his son, Brian, the night before the boy died. Jurors in Edgar’s murder trial in Johnson County District Court today watched the videotaped statement Edgar gave to Kansas City, Kan., police on Dec. 30 after bringing his son to KU Med. […]

Kansas woman pleads guilty in adopted son’s death

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) – A woman unexpectedly pleaded guilty to murder and child abuse Thursday just as her trial was beginning in the death of her adopted son, who suffocated after he was bound in duct tape. Christy Edgar‘s husband, Neil Edgar Sr., 47, and the family’s baby sitter, Chasity Boyd, 19, remain on trial […]

Christy Edgar pleads guilty to murder, child abuse

Judge, defense lawyers meet about trial of her husband, babysitter Moments before testimony was set to begin this morning, church evangelist Christy Edgar pleaded guilty to killing her son and abusing two other children. Attorneys had just completed opening statements to the jury in the trial of Edgar; her husband, Neil Edgar Sr.; and family […]

Jury selected for Edgar trial

Seven women and five men were picked late Wednesday afternoon to hear evidence in the murder trial of church leaders Neil and Christy Edgar and baby sitter Chasity Boyd. The 12 jurors and two alternates will hear opening statements this morning at the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe. The Edgars and Boyd are charged with […]

Jury selection begins in Edgar case

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of the parents and baby sitter of a 9-year-old Overland Park boy who died in December. Neil Edgar Sr., Christy Edgar and Chasity Boyd are charged in Johnson County District Court with first-degree felony murder in the death of Brian Edgar. About 80 of the about 120 potential […]

Judge to Let Edgar Children Testify Through Closed-Circuit Television

OLATHE, Kan. — A judge agreed Wednesday to allow two children to testify against their former adoptive parents through closed-circuit television, rather than in a Johnson County courtroom. Their former parents, Neil and Christy Edgar, were accused in the death of their adopted son Brian. In another development in the case, the third defendant, Chasity […]

Psychologist Says Edgar Children Would be Traumatized Facing Parents in Court

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A court-appointed psychologist says the former adoptive children of Christy and Neil Edgar would suffer “significant trauma” if they have to face their parents in an upcoming murder trial. Psychologist Jeffrey Montolio interviewed the children, who allegedly were abused by the Edgars and the family’s baby sitter, Chasity Boyd. Both children […]

Stun-gun allegations ruled out of Edgar trial

Allegations that church pastor Neil Edgar Sr. used an electric stun gun to discipline two children will not be allowed as evidence in his murder trial next month. A Johnson County judge also ruled today that prosecutors could not introduce testimony about money paid to Edgar and his wife, Christy Edgar, to care for foster […]

Lawyers Argue About Evidence in Edgar Case

Associated Press, July 24, 2003 http://www.kctv5.com/ OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a Johnson County judge to allow testimony that a Johnson County husband and wife accused of murder accepted “large sums of money” to house and adopt the boy they are charged with killing and his siblings. Prosecutors claim in the motion filed […]

Edgar trial pushed back to September

Kansas City Star http://www.kansascity.com/ By TONY RIZZO, The Kansas City Star The trial scheduled for next month in the child-abuse death of Brian Edgar was rescheduled today for Sept. 15. The delay was sought by attorneys for the boy’s father, Neil Edgar Sr., who earlier had pushed for trial on June 23. Neil Edgar, his […]

Parents, baby sitter of Brian Edgar to be tried together

The Kansas City Star, May 5, 2003 http://www.kansascity.com/ By TONY RIZZO, The Kansas City Star They were charged together, and now the parents and baby sitter of Brian Edgar will be tried together for his death. A Johnson County judge today rejected Christy Edgar’s argument that she could not receive a fair trial if tried […]

Prosecutors oppose separate trials in Edgar case

The Kansas City Star, Apr. 29, 2003 http://www.kansascity.com/ By TONY RIZZO, The Kansas City Star Johnson County prosecutors said today that they adamantly oppose separate murder trials for the parents and baby-sitter of Brian Edgar. A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Johnson County District Court on the request for a separate trial filed last week […]
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