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Man Arrested On South Coast For Three Decade Old Murder


A routine stop by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies led to the arrest of a man wanted for a murder more than three decades ago.

Deputies were sent to a Carpinteria home Wednesday to see if someone was okay, in what was expected to be a simple welfare check.  James Francis Edwards was there.  They ran a records check, and discovered he was wanted for a November, 1990 killing in San Francisco.

San Francisco Police detectives say Edwards was in an argument with the man, which led to the fatal shooting.  Edwards was 40 at the time, but he’s now 70 years old.   

He was arrested, and taken to the Santa Barbara County jail pending his transfer to the Bay Area to face a murder charge.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.