The son of a Knox County homicide victim has been charged with burning the house of the man charged in the murder, raising the potential that revenge was the motive.
Kentucky State Police charged Daniel Edwards, 36, and Travis Marcum, 32, with arson, theft and burglary on Wednesday.
They allegedly used a hand-held torch to set fire to the home of Glenn Powell, who is charged in the Sept. 19 shooting death of Edwards’ father, 57-year-old Glenn Edwards, police said.
Powell, 71, allegedly shot Glenn Edwards after Edwards’ truck got stuck in a ditch beside Powell’s driveway, according to court records.
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Daniel Edwards and Marcum broke into Powell’s house while he was in jail and stole several items, including two vehicles, state police charged. The two allegedly set the house on fire from inside before leaving.
Police located one of the stolen vehicles at a junk yard but have not found the other, according to a news release.
Police are investigating whether or not revenge was a motive in the fire, said Trooper Shane Jacobs.
Edwards’ father was trying to back out of Powell’s driveway in September when he got stuck in a ditch, police said at the time.
It wasn’t clear why Glenn Edwards was in the driveway.
Edwards walked a short distance to a friend’s house to get help pulling out his truck.
When Edwards and the other man returned and started hooking a chain to Edwards’ truck, Powell yelled at them to leave and said he was going to get a gun and kill them, Jacobs said at the time.
Edwards’ friend left, but Edwards walked across the street so that he was no longer on Powell’s property, police said.
However, Powell allegedly shot Edwards in the back, police said. He died at the scene.
Police said Edwards’ friend heard the fatal shot and got a a pistol to try to help Edwards.
Powell shot at the man, whom police did not publicly identify, and the man shot back, wounding Powell in the abdomen, police said.
Powell later surrendered to police and was jailed after treatment. He is charged with murder and wanton endangerment.
The court docket shows an order for a psychiatric evaluation of Powell.
He is lodged in the Knox County Detention Center, where Daniel Edwards also is being held on the charge of setting fire to Powell’s house.
There is an order in place to keep the two apart, according to the jail.