Police Arrest Two In Lubbock Murder Case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/30/08

Police Arrest Two In Lubbock Murder Case

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Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Dept. Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Dept.

NewsChannel 11 is following new developments in a three month old murder investigation.  Wednesday evening, Lubbock Police arrested 21-year-old Whitney Valrie and 22-year-old Marquise Davis. They're charged with the October 2007 murder of Monty Edler.

Police found Edler severely beaten near 40th and Chicago at the Westwind Apartments on October 25, 2007.  Edler died five days later at University Medical Center. Autopsy results showed he died of blunt force trauma to the head.  Investigators say he'd been beaten with a bottle.

They say the attack started when three men kicked down the door to Nicholas Blackburn's apartment. He was also injured, but was treated and released from UMC on the same day.

Edler's family told NewsChannel 11 that their son worked with Blackburn at a local furniture store, but they didn't know why he was at the apartment.

After working for three months, and following up on good leads, police arrested Valrie Wednesday evening during a traffic stop in the 5100 Block of Salem.

We've learned that Valrie has a violent past. Major Don Carter with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office tell us Valrie was arrested back in September for aggravated assault and drugs. He was later released on bond.

Officers also arrested Davis during a traffic stop Wednesday evening.  Police picked him up at 19th and Avenue A.  We also found out Davis was arrested as recently as last month. Major Carter tells us Davis spent time in jail for drugs and failure to pay a traffic tickets.

Again, both men are now charged with the murder of Monty Edler.  Police also tell us they're searching for a third suspect in this case.  That suspect had not been arrested as of Wednesday night.

NewsChannel 11 will keep you up to date on the latest developments.

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