Teen Charged with Manslaughter in Deputy's Death

A Geneva County teenager has been arrested for allegedly causing the death of a Holmes County reserve deputy earlier this week.

18-year-old John Cody Edwards turned himself in to the Geneva County Jail involving the pursuit that led to Galloways death.

Edwards lives on Westmont Street in Geneva. It is the same road where the pursuit began.

Edwards is going to be charged with manslaughter.

Witnesses say Edwards was driving a black Toyota truck at a very high rate of speed when the pursuit began.

District Attorney Kirke Adams said, “Apparently they were traveling in different directions when deputy Galloway passed Mr. Edwards, but a pursuit ensued shortly after the last witness saw the depute he lost control of the vehicle.”

Several witnesses reported seeing Edwards speeding in the area.

District Judge Charlie Fleming has set the bond at $50,000.

A Geneva County grand jury will convene in October to determine if Edwards should be indicted in manslaughter charges.

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  • by reba Location: bonifay on Aug 24, 2007 at 08:06 AM
    Two wrongs don't make a right. God bless his family and god bless our community, Because he was a awesome officer, and no one deserves to die. I just pray that the boy has learned his lesson. But i also pray for his soul. Our prayers are with both.
  • by Resident Location: Holmes County on Aug 24, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    This boy is a very irresponsible driver!! Even his mother-in-law has scolded him about his driving! It is a known fact that he travels these dirt roads everyday at extremely high rates of speed, just ask anyone who lives along the roads. He agitates law abiding drivers by tailgating and then when he does get around them, he curses loudly and gives them obscene gestures out the window. It's a wonder that he has not already been involved in such a tragic accident. We'll just wait and see if this incident makes him a more responsible driver. To the poster who said "but who in this world has not got caught speeding once or more," well, It might just suprise you at the number of people who do obey the law!!!
  • by jeb Location: enterprise on Aug 24, 2007 at 06:37 AM
    Your comments on whether the boy should be charged or not is irrelevant. The boy is charged because the LAW says that he should be charged. This is a country of laws, if the laws are not to your liking then change the laws, whether the kid is convicted is up to the jury. If the laws are not implemented then there is chaos, I bet the people that live on this road was glad the deputy was there working, and sometimes you have to go FAST to catch FAST drivers, the bottom line is when you choose to speed or whatever else the kid was doing then there are consequences, this consequence is a deputy was killed trying to catch you and you were charged with manslaughter, face the consequences. What if the deputy was you father or son, would you want the boy to be at least charged, I say you would.
  • by Anonymous Location: Westville, New Hope area on Aug 23, 2007 at 06:19 PM
    I agree he should be charged even if the deputy wasn't wearing a seatbelt that don't make no difference the boy should not have been speeding and should have pulled over when he was suppose to the officer probably would have just gave him a warning anyway but because the boy had to be immature and show out that deputy has lost his life and has left behind family and friends that loved him and a neighborhood that will miss him . We greatly appreciated the actions he was taking to protect us. I think everyone should consider the consequences of speeding!!!!
  • by holmes county resident Location: westville fl on Aug 23, 2007 at 06:18 PM
    I live on the road this deputy was killed on and this boy deserves the punishment he is given. He flew up and down this dirt road with no regard for the people who lived on it. This was an everyday event for him. Mr. Galloway volunteered to come on this road and try to stop the numerous speeders that plagued Rum and Yancey Roads and this is the thanks he gets. My prayers and sympathy go out to the family of Mr. Galloway God Bless You and Thank you Mr. Galloway for being the only Police officer willing to patrol the dirt road.
  • by anonymous Location: florida on Aug 23, 2007 at 06:02 PM
    of course cody made a mistake but who in this world has not got caught speeding once or more. And holmes county should not have had a reserve by himself . the truth be known they don't see much action as it is,so when something does happen they always speed ,up and down the roads at uncontrolable speeds and risks the life of not only themselves but innocent people.
  • by Eagle Eye Location: Enterprise on Aug 23, 2007 at 03:53 PM
    Oh yes he should be charged. His act of reckless driving and his failure to pull over led to this deputy's death regardless of whether or not he fastened his seat belt. You cannot blame the officer. If the kid just would have pulled over, we wouldnt be reading about this.
  • by Janice Location: Lynn Haven, FL on Aug 23, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    It is a tragedy that Deputy Galloway died and it is also a tragedy that Cody Edwards has been charged with manslaughter. If reports are accurate, the Deputy wasn't wearing his seatbelt...Here his job was to enforce laws. If he had worn his seatbelt maybe he would be alive today. Yes, Cody should not have had a Deputy chasing him. But what was he doing that was so wrong that Deputy Galloway had to speed and endanger other peoples lives.
  • by Anonymous Location: Hartford Al. on Aug 23, 2007 at 03:12 PM
    I dont think he should be held responsible for the death of the officer. From what I understand, the officer wasnt wearing a seat belt when this happened. He should get a ticket though. I didnt even think a reserve officer could be by himself whthout a full time officer with him. Dont charge the kid...
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