Murder Defendant Allowed to Work Near White House

The White House and Secret Service are trying to determine how a National Security Council contractor was able to keep working in the highly secure presidential compound for more than a month after he allegedly shot a man at his Maryland home.

The White House and Secret Service are trying to determine how a National Security Council contractor was able to keep working in the highly secure presidential compound for more than a month after he allegedly shot a man at his Maryland home, the Wall Street Journal reports. Martese Edwards, 30, was arrested by Secret Service agents outside the White House on Tuesday when he showed up for work. Edwards was expected to be extradited to neighboring Maryland to face attempted first-degree murder charges. Law enforcement officials said Edwards shot his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend on May 3 when the two of them showed up at Edwards’s residence to get her belongings from his home in Suitland, Md., not far from Washington.

The three got into a fight and Edwards shot the 26-year-old boyfriend. The victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he is still being treated. Edwards had worked as an administrative aide for the National Security Council since December. He was charged on May 17 by police with attempted murder and other related charges. That information was entered that same day into a national crime database. Police, while searching Edwards’s apartment, learned he worked as a contractor for the military, and alerted military authorities to the charges. The Secret Service said it wasn’t alerted to the warrant until this past Monday. Edwards had a history of domestic problems. He was charged with assault in 2015 but the case was dropped. In 2013, shortly before he was divorced, a judge issued a restraining order against Edwards in a domestic violence case. The case was dropped a few days later when the petitioner failed to turn up for a hearing. Neither incident prevented Edwards from receiving clearance to work in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building inside secure gates.

from https://thecrimereport.org