White House contractor gets $85K bond in attempted murder case


UPPER MARLBORO, Md.-- Martese Edwards could face decades behind bars for the laundry list of charges stacked against him in the May 3rd shooting that critically injured Jeremy Brown, who is dating the suspect's ex-girlfriend.

According to court documents, Edwards shot Brown while he was in a car waiting for Anisha Wright who had gone to Edwards' home in Suitland to retrieve some of her belongings.

While Brown and the driver of that vehicle were waiting for Wright to return, the documents allege that she and Edwards approached the passenger side of the car and Edwards tried to open the door.

According to the court documents, as Brown and Edwards exchanged words the driver noticed a gun on Edwards.
As they began to drive away, three to six shots were reportedly fired into the car, one of them, striking Brown in the chest.

Edwards, who is a contractor for the National Security Council, was arrested Tuesday at a checkpoint outside the White House.

As John Erzen, a spokesperson for the State's Attorney's Office, explained during a news conference Wednesday, the suspect had been evading arrest for a month.

"The warrant was entered into the national database of May 17th. It was applied for that day. It was granted by the courts here in Prince George's County that day. And, it was entered into the system that day.", said Erzen.

But, the Secret Service says they weren't made aware of the warrant until three weeks later.

During Friday's bond hearing, Edwards' attorney said the allegations are "completely out of character" given Edwards' security clearance status and otherwise, clean record.

He told the judge there was very little evidence linking Edwards to the gun and alluded to a possible cover up by witnesses.

In response, Erzen said, "You know, unfortunately, you can't just say that because somebody has a certain type of background that that would not make them capable of doing something like this, but that's why we have to look at everything and determine what we have and what we can do going forward." 

The judge ordered a bond of $85,000 for Edwards who is due back in court July 5th.