Tampa police arrested a man they say was the gunman in the Sulphur Springs slaying of a cab driver in December.
Charged with first-degree murder with a firearm and attempted armed robbery was Landrick D. “Fat Cat” Edwards, 24. He is charged in the slaying of John Dooley after Dooley, 56, picked up three men in his Yellow Cab and gave them a ride.
Dooley was found slumped over in the front of his cab just before 8 p.m. on Dec. 8. He had been shot to death.
Homicide detectives arrested Devante Bell, 19, two days after the killing and still are searching for a third suspect.
Police identified Edwards as the gunman in the homicide shortly after the incident, executed a search warrant at his home and recovered a weapon. Ballistic tests by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed the gun in Edwards’ home was the weapon that was used to kill Dooley, police said Friday.
Detectives arrested Edwards on Dec. 12 on a probation violation charge stemming from an attempted-murder conviction. He has remained in jail since then.
According to jail records, Edwards also served time in prison on grand theft auto and auto burglary charges.
Dooley’s sister, Janet Dooley, said she was pleased to hear about the second arrest. She said Friday was a hard day with lots of crying.
“Every time it comes back up, it’s going back in time,” said Janet Dooley, who lives in California. “It brings me back to the first night.”