Shooter in Pulaski murder had killed before

jkovac@macon.comJuly 9, 2013 

Jesse C. Edge Jr.

Almost 23 years to the day he shot his estranged wife to death in Houston County, Jesse Edge Jr. gunned down another woman, this time at his mobile home on the outskirts of Hawkinsville.

Then he killed himself.

Investigators are all but certain last week’s slaying of Misty L. Oliver, 31, and the 67-year-old Edge’s death were part of a murder-suicide.

That said, the GBI isn’t sure what triggered the shootings.

Edge and Oliver were both shot in the head. Their bodies were found Friday afternoon at Edge’s Riverview Drive residence, which sits on a 3-acre tract along the Ocmulgee River southeast of downtown Hawkinsville.

Investigators declined to say how they learned of the deaths or divulge other details of the case.

On July 6, 1990, Edge shot and killed 30-year-old Barbara Jean Thompson Edge, his estranged wife, with a 9 mm pistol at his house off U.S. 41 north of Perry.

Barbara Edge, a computer operator at Robins Air Force Base, had moved out and was living in Warner Robins at the time.

Jesse Edge was charged with murder but convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1991. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

“I didn’t like them letting him get off that light,” Barbara’s father, Charles Thompson of Milledgeville, said Tuesday. “I think he claimed self-defense.”

Informed that the man who’d slain his daughter was dead, Thompson, 77, said, “I hate that he killed another woman. ... I don’t think he cared for nobody.”

Edge was released from prison in May 2004. Three months later he bought his mobile home on the Ocmulgee.

Oliver, a divorcee whose maiden name was Brooks, was from Crawford County. She would have turned 32 this week.

Her brother, Shane Brooks, a local sheriff’s deputy, wasn’t sure how she met Edge.

“I know she was staying there, helping take care of him because he was dying of prostate cancer,” Brooks said.

Brooks said his sister was going to school to be a nurse. He described her as “a fun-loving, outgoing person.”

“She liked to go out and have a good time,” Brooks said. “She enjoyed being with her family.”

Brooks was aware that Edge had been to prison for manslaughter.

“I didn’t know he had killed his wife,” he said.

As for what may have prompted his sister’s slaying, Brooks added, “Having been in law enforcement for 13 years, we’ll probably never know.”

To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.

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