Category: Neil and Christy Edgar

Two defendants to seek separate trials in Edgar case

The Kansas City Star, Apr. 18, 2003 http://www.kansascity.com/ By TONY RIZZO, The Kansas City Star The parents and baby sitter of 9-year-old Brian Edgar were charged together with killing him in December. But today, the day after a judge ordered their trial on first-degree murder charges, their lawyers made it clear there will be no common defense. “There’s no question there will be antagonistic defenses,” said Carl Cornwell, attorney for the boy’s father, Neil Edgar Sr. Cornwell began staking out his position during Thursday’s preliminary hearing in Johnson County District Court when he sought to distance his client’s actions from

Three charged with hogtying, killing boy are bound over for trial

The Kansas City Star, Apr. 18, 2003 http://www.kansascity.com/ By TONY RIZZO, The Kansas City Star They were the last words spoken to 9-year-old Brian Edgar as he lay wrapped in a head-to-toe cocoon of duct tape. “Try to get out of that one,” baby sitter Chasity Boyd allegedly told him. He couldn’t. The next morning, his father carried the boy’s body, already stiffened with rigor mortis, into a hospital emergency room. Police investigators were soon called. After an all-day preliminary hearing Thursday in Johnson County District Court, a judge ordered Boyd and Brian’s parents, Neil Edgar Sr. and Christy Edgar,

Prosecutors present evidence in Brian Edgar’s death

The Kansas City Star, Apr. 17, 2003 http://www.kansascity.com/ By TONY RIZZO, The Kansas City Star Physician Richard Deitz described the morning of Dec. 30 when Neil Edgar Sr. carried his 9-year-old son, Brian, into the emergency room at KU Med. “Help me. He’s not breathing,” Edgar told Deitz. As emergency room personnel tried to revive the boy, it “became very apparent that young Brian was dead,” Dietz testified Thursday in Johnson County District Court. The onset of rigor mortis indicated that Brian had been dead for quite a while, Deitz testified. Edgar, 47, his wife, Christy Edgar, 46, and their

April preliminary hearing set in Brian Edgar murder case

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 6, 2003 http://www.kansascity.com/ By TONY RIZZO, The Kansas City Star A two-day preliminary hearing in April was scheduled today for the Kansas City, Kan., church leaders charged with killing their son. Johnson County District Judge John Bennett set the hearing for April 17 and 18 for Chasity Boyd. All three are charged with first-degree felony murder in the death of 9-year-old Brian Edgar, whom the Edgars had adopted. Brian died of asphyxiation after being bound and gagged the night of Dec. 29, according to autopsy reports. Prosecutors will present evidence at the preliminary hearing. If

Minister Close To Edgars Gets Subpoena

KCTV5, Feb. 4, 2003 http://www.kctv5.com/ 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

Church members appear in court on abuse charges

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 4, 2003 http://www.kansascity.com/ By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON, The Kansas City Star Four members of a Kansas City, Kan., church made their first appearances today in Wyandotte County District Court on charges of abusing four children. Idella A. Horton, 22; Renita D. Allen-Jackson, 40; Patricia A. Walker, 44; and Barbara Clark, 45, appeared before Judge Jan Way. Way read each of the charges against the defendants, all Kansas City, Kan., residents. He set the next court date for all four women for Tuesday. The women were charged Jan. 15, along with

Church members wanted in abuse case turn themselves in

The Kansas City Star, Jan. 27, 2003 http://www.kansascity.com/ By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON, The Kansas City Star Four members of a Kansas City, Kan., church wanted in a child-abuse investigation stemming from the death of Brian Edgar have surrendered to authorities. Idella A. Horton, 22; Renita D. Allen-Jackson, 40; Patricia A. Walker, 44; and Barbara Clark, 45, all from Kansas City, Kan., turned themselves in late Friday. They were released early Saturday after posting $25,000 bond each, a Wyandotte County jail spokesman said. They should make their first appearances today in Wyandotte County District Court. The four women were charged Jan.

Judge Declines To Lower Bond In Boy’s Death

AP, Jan. 24, 2003 http://www.kctv5.com/ OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A judge has refused to lower a $250,000 bond for a Kansas City woman charged with helping destroy evidence connected to the death of 9-year-old Brian Edgar. Chauntel Williams, 29, is charged in Johnson County with one count of aiding a felon. Brian’s parents, Neil Edgar Sr. and Christy Edgar, and baby sitter

Judge increases Edgars’ bonds to

The Kansas City Star, Jan. 21, 2003 http://www.kansascity.com/ By TONY RIZZO, The Kansas City Star A Johnson County judge today changed an earlier decision and increased to $1 million the bonds for the Kansas City, Kan., church leaders charged with killing their son. Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison brought up the bond issue again during a scheduling hearing for