Black man wields steak knife and baseball bat, gets life sentence

This criminal is paying for his crimes
Black man wields steak knife and baseball bat, gets life sentence
Image source: Fayette County Jail

A Fayette County, Georgia, man was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and his mother by stabbing them and beating them with a baseball bat.

In a news release on June 28, 2022, Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Border said that Johnny Edwards IV pleaded guilty but mentally ill to feticide, causing the death of a fetus, and two counts of malice murder.


On Dec. 7, 2019, Edwards called 911 after the killings and confessed. When officers arrived, Edwards answered the door covered with blood on his ears, neck, hands, pants and sandals.

Deputies found Edward’s 57-year-old mother, Kathy Edwards, and 31-year-old wife, Venus Quanteh, in a pool of blood in an upstairs bedroom. Quanteh was five months pregnant at the time. The fetus died in the attack as well.


Deputies found a wooden baseball bat covered in blood between the bodies, and found a bloody steak knife on the floor in the bathroom.

Senior Judge Arch McGarity sentenced Edwards to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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