Minister Close To Edgars Gets Subpoena

KCTV5, Feb. 4, 2003

KANSAS CITY, KS — There’s a new development in the case of a Kansas City, Kan., couple charged with killing their adopted son.

KCTV5 has learned that a minister close to Neil and Christy Edgar is being forced to appear before prosecutors.

Now that the Edgars are in jail and charged with murder, the reverend who supervises their church has now been summoned to the Johnson County Courthouse to explain what he knows about the case.

Reverend Clifford Jackson was served with the subpoena Tuesday morning as he sat in a Wyandotte County courtroom. Jackson was attending a hearing for four women who have been charged with child abuse in connection with Brian Edgar’s death.

A Kansas City, Kan., police officer handed Jackson the papers and told him he would have to appear at the Johnson County Courthouse.

KCTV5’s Liana Joyce: “What about the subpoena?”

Rev. Clifford Jackson, of God’s Creation Church says: “You guys respect me, and I’ll respect you.”

Because of a gag order in the Edgar Case, Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison can not confirm that he’s forcing Jackson to appear at an inquisition and he cannot say what questions he might want to ask.

But Morrison can talk about the process.

Morrison: “We typically use judicial inquisition in a case where the police might have reason to believe that somebody knows something about a crime, but they’re not cooperative. They don’t want to come in, they don’t want to talk to the police. It’s a way for us to compel them to come in and tell us what they know.”

With the gag order on this case, Morrison can’t say when Jackson has been called to the courthouse to face the questions.

Investigators in Wyandotte and Johnson County are working on the Edgar case.

Police say the murder occurred in Overland Park.

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