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Dahmer survivor faces murder charge

July 1991 file photo of Tracy Edwards
CBS - KLEWTV
(CBS/AP) MILWAUKEE, Wi. - 20 years ago, Tracy Edwards escaped the clutches of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and was hailed as a hero for helping police track him down.

Now, 52-year-old Edwards is due back in court to face a murder charge of his own. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Edwards and 44-year-old Timothy Carr are charged in connection with the death of a man who was thrown off a Milwaukee bridge into a river on July 26th.

Carr, who pleaded guilty earlier this month, will be sentenced in January while Edwards is scheduled to appear in court on Friday for a pre-trial hearing.

ABC news reports that if convicted, Edwards faces 60 years in prison. In fact, it could end up being served in the same prison where Dahmer spent his sentence.

Officials say that a witness saw him and Carr push a man off a bridge 20 feet over the Milwaukee River. When police arrived, the man had drowned.

Police say they do not yet have a motive for the alleged murder.

Edwards' defense attorney Paul Ksicinski says, "It's like Humpty Dumpty," referring to Edward's life after the Dahmer trial. "It's like he was never able to put the pieces back together again."

Edwards made headlines in 1991 when he led police to the Dahmer's apartment which held his dismembered victims, ending the multitude of grotesque murders by the infamous serial killer.

  • Crimesider Staff

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