Arrest in Pizza Hut murders
May 31, 2007
Police have been working since February to corroborate a confession by Vincent Bernard Edmond, 21, in the Pizza Hut murders, Capt. Richard Peavy said Thursday night.
Mr. Edmond was arrested in South Terrell Thursday afternoon without incident and was being held in the Terrell city jail. Police would not say when he would be transferred to the Kaufman County jail.
Capt. Peavy said he expects additional arrests in the case but said he didn’t know when they would be made. He said he was leaving town Friday for further investigation.
“We’ve been following leads we received early in the year,” Capt. Peavy said Thursday night. “We interviewed him [Mr. Edmond] in February.”
Capt. Peavy said the suspect confessed then and police have been working to confirm his story. The final pieces fell into place for Thursday’s arrest, he said.
“When we get leads we have to go back and confirm them with other witnesses,” Capt. Peavy said. “The pieces just fell into place.”
A customer walked into the Pizza Hut on Moore Street about 11 p.m. Sept. 3 and found a bloody scene. Assistant Manager Patricia Oferosky, 40, of Wills Point was dead in the front of the store. And further back, Stephen Mitchelltree, 47, of Terrell, lay in a pool of blood.
The restaurant had been robbed of about $1,500 and a nearby gas can indicated there was an attempt to set the restaurant on fire.
Police quickly arrested four suspects, all employees and former employees of the restaurant. Affidavits filed in support of the arrest warrants said that several of them talked to friends about the killings, including one student at Terrell High School who bragged to his friends.
But police were forced to release the suspects after the chief witness who had told police Justin Prox, then 19, had detailed the robbery and killings to her later failed two lie detector tests. Then District Attorney Ed Walton said there was not enough evidence to continue holding the four.
Police then would not detail what physical evidence they had and Capt. Peavy would not discuss it Thursday. Capt. Peavy said Mr. Edmond had no connection to Pizza Hut but said the other suspects still are under investigation.
“They are still suspects, this is just an additional suspect,” he said.
Mr. Prox, arrested in the deaths and then released, told Channel 11 that Mr. Edmond is a close friend. He said he still has nightmares about being in jail.
Capt. Peavy said he talked to the victims’ families Thursday about the arrest.
“The main thing is the family. They’ve waited long and they’ve been very patient and understanding that I can’t tell them anything,” Capt. Peavy said. “Today’s arrest is something I think they will look on to for some closure.”
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