2 jailed in Benton City stabbing

By the Herald staffSeptember 11, 2013 

BENTON CITY -- Two suspects were in custody Tuesday in the stabbing death of a disabled Benton City man, said Capt. Clay Vannoy of the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

The body of Michael Edwards, 55, was found Monday morning in a church parking lot.

The two men suspected in the killing are being held in the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton, Vannoy said. Their names were not released Tuesday, but they were being held on possible Benton County charges, he said.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office is working with the Benton County prosecutor on filing formal charges and more information is expected to be released today, Vannoy said.

Edwards, who was disabled by a bone disease according to neighbors, was stabbed to death while struggling to defend himself, according to results of an autopsy on Tuesday.

Benton County Coroner John Hansens said the autopsy showed Edwards was killed about 11:30 p.m. Sunday though he wasn't found until the next morning.

Hansens said Edwards was stabbed several times but it's not known what weapon was used.

"Some of the wounds were defensive and some were offensive," Hansens said. "Several could have been fatal."

Edwards' body was found next to a storage shed at the Assembly of God church on North River Road. His Ford Mustang with one of its doors left open was found nearby.

Friends said Edwards lived in a mobile home park about a mile south of the church.

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