TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of a multi-agency manhunt that resulted in the arrest of a Lufkin native who was wanted on a murder warrant out of Jefferson County on April 17, deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff's office filed felony charges against three of the man's friends and family members Monday.
Cedric Edwards, Terrance Edwards, and Hope Pennington, were all charged with hindering arrest or apprehension, which is a third-degree felony. No information was available on their bail amounts.
Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace, said his deputies went to a home in the Pennington area of Trinity County several times in search of the murder suspect, Cody Jamar Lewis, 27. Wallace said they knew Lewis was there, but the trio lied and said he wasn't.
However, other witnesses said that Lewis was staying at the residence.
Terrance Edwards was arrested last week on outstanding warrants, Wallace said. TCSO deputies served the hindering arrest warrant on him at the jail. Cedric Edwards and Pennington were arrested at an apartment in downtown Groveton.
Lewis grew up in the Lufkin area, Wallace said. He said the three suspects that were arrested for hindering arrest are friends and family members of Lewis and that Pennington confessed their role in hiding Lewis from authorities.
Wallace said the investigator for Trinity County's District Attorney's Office led the investigation. The other agencies involved in the manhunt included the U.S. Marshal's Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Beaumont, Groveton, and Nacogdoches police departments, and the Office of the Inspector General, according to a story on the Dallas Morning News Web site.
A story on the Dallas Morning News Web site stated that Lewis was the last of three suspects in the death of 53-year-old Kevin Moyer, whom authorities said was killed in a robbery scheme. Moyer's body was found wrapped in a sheet in the back seat of a car in a rural area southwest of Beaumont on April 5.
The Dallas Morning News story said the other two suspects - Arthur Harmon, 21, and Yiannis Mihail, 31 - were arrested on April 7.
"The official cause of death in Moyer's slaying has not been disclosed, but authorities have said he suffered 'traumatic injuries,'" the Dallas Morning News article stated. The article also said a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said authorities believe Moyer was in the Beaumont area for his job.