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Judge to Decide on Delaying Sweetheart Murder Trial

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Jefferson County judge is expected to decide on Thursday whether a man accused of killing 2 high school sweethearts will get more time to prepare for a trial. 76-year-old Edward Edwards is scheduled to go on trial June 14th for the 1980 slayings of Tim Hack and Kelly Drew.

Public defender Jeffrey De La Rosa says he needs more time to study 600 pages of DNA evidence, and to arrange for expert witnesses. Prosecutors have said they’re ready, and they want the trial as soon as possible to provide closure to the victims’ families.

Hack and Drew were both 19 when they vanished from a wedding reception in Sullivan – and their bodies were found 2 months later in a wooded area. Edwards worked as a handyman for the reception hall at the time. It was a cold case for 29 years until state and local officers linked Edwards’ DNA to the victims.

He was arrested last summer in Louisville, where he was living. He told authorities he said sex with Drew, and then he watched others stomp the couple to death. Edwards once wrote a book about the life of crime he used to live while stealing cars, robbing gas stations, and scamming people.

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