Man Convicted on All Counts in NC Kidnap-Murder Case

4:18 AM, Mar 24, 2004   |    comments
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Andre Edwards was convicted Tuesday of kidnapping a Virginia woman and her son from a drug store parking lot, raping and killing her and leaving the child for dead.

Jurors deliberated over the course of two days before finding Edwards guilty of 11 counts, including first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Ginger Lynn Hayes and attempted first-degree murder of her son, Nicholas, who was 11 months old at the time.

The same jurors will have to decide whether to sentence Edwards, 34, to death or to life behind bars for the first-degree murder conviction. The sentencing phase was scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Hayes and her husband Jeremy, now 28, were on their way back to Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va. when they stopped at a drug store in Greenville about 10 a.m. on June 30, 2001.

About the time they arrived, and Jeremy and his brother went inside, Edwards pushed Ginger Hayes into the car and drove back to Rocky Mount.

Prosecutors said Edwards needed money to buy drugs and used Ginger Hayes' bank card at a grocery store.

Shortly afterward, Edwards took the woman and her son to a field about a half mile from the nearest paved road, where he raped her and beat her to death with a 30-pound tire iron. The baby was left in a patch of weeds.

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