Nearly 20 stab wounds on victim disputes suspect's claim of self-defense

Nearly 20 stab wounds on victim disputes suspect's claim of self-defense

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a 27-year-old Evansville man that occurred in November.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, 25-year-old Elijah Johnson of Evansville is preliminarily charged with the murder of Byron Edwards Jr., 27-years-old, of Evansville.

Approximately 20 stab wounds led police to rule Edwards' death a homicide on Nov. 22. The cause of death, according to Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear, was multiple sharp force trauma.

During their investigation, law enforcement compiled information that ultimately led detectives to interview Johnson. In the probable cause affidavit, it states Johnson admitted to stabbing Edwards multiple times with a knife.

Johnson claimed this was done in self-defense, although evidence does not support the claim, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also says Johnson admitted to cleaning things he touched inside the home after Edwards was dead. Police told us he wore gloves and put any evidence in a nearby dumpster.

Following the interview at Evansville Police Department's Headquarters, Johnson was taken back to the Vanderburgh County Jail where has been held since Nov. 26 for an unrelated charge.

We will update this story if new information is released.

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