Suspect in 30-year-old homicide arrested in Carpenteria

March 20, 2021

Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies arrested a 70-year-old man in Carpenteria on Wednesday after discovering he is wanted for the murder of a man in San Francisco more than 30 years ago.

On Nov. 5, 1990, then 40-year-old James Francis Edwards and 46-year-old Lamar Vaughn were arguing when Edwards allegedly shot Vaughn. San Francisco police officers responded to the 200 block of Potrero Avenue to find Vaughn suffering from a gunshot wound and Edwards missing. Vaughn later died at the hospital.

As the investigation continued, investigators learned that Edwards used multiple identities and likely fled the state.

While conducting a welfare check at a home in Carpenteria on March 17, Santa Barbara County sheriff deputies discovered Edwards. Deputies booked him into the Santa Barbara County Jail where he awaits transportation to the San Fransisco County Jail.

“We would like to thank the members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in locating and apprehending Edwards and helping return him to San Francisco where he will be held to answer for the criminal charges,” the San Fransisco Police Department said in a press release.

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All Edwards has to say is that he discovered that Vaughn was an FBI informant who had betrayed Weather Underground members still in hiding and that he killed him as part of the revolution to overthrow the fascist American government.

District Attorney Chesa Boudin, the son of two Weather Underground members, will immediately drop the charges, present Edwards with a citizen commendation and condemn the Santa Barbara deputies as tools of fascist oppression.

This suspected murderer waited out long enough, does San Francisco even prosecute murders at this point?