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Lawyer stabbed to death just days after returning from Las Vegas honeymoon

David Barrett

Published 24/08/2015 | 18:18

A lawyer has been stabbed to death at his home just days after returning from his honeymoon in Las Vegas.

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Lancashire Police said David Mark Edwards, 51, died at the scene after a single stab wound to the chest.

His widow Sharon is understood to be in custody.

The couple married earlier this summer and had returned last week from a Las Vegas honeymoon to live at their £320,000 home in Chorley, Lancs.

Friends said the couple had a “stormy” relationship and reported arguments taking place at the large double-fronted detached house, which sits in a quiet cul-de-sac.

Mr and Mrs Edwards married at a civil ceremony in the market town in June and are then thought to have renewed their vows at a wedding chapel in Las Vegas.

Wedding photographs show Mr Edwards in front of a “drive-through” chapel in the Nevada gambling and entertainment centre.

Dressed in a dark tie, short-sleeved white shirt and dark trousers the lawyer stands in front of the Little White Chapel’s Tunnel of Love, and there are also photographs of him embracing Mrs Edwards.

She wore a white dress with a lace bodice featuring a lily design, with her hair in a beehive-style with a tiara, and carried a bouquet of lilies and ferns.

A police officer stood guard at the couple’s home while blinds and curtains in the smart property were drawn​ following Sunday evening's incident​.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Officers were called to an address on Parkers Wood Close at around 8.20pm where a 51-year-old man was found with a stab wound to his chest.

“He sadly died at the scene.

“An investigation is underway and a 42-year-old woman from Chorley has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

“She remains in police custody at this time.

“Officers believe that the incident is domestic related.”

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "I can't claim to know them inside out but it was all a bit strange in that house, especially recently.

"When they first moved in, they were very friendly and David was a bit of a character, quite the life and soul of the party.

"But they started keeping themselves to themselves a bit more and I was told they'd been heard arguing a lot.

"We'd often see the curtains kept closed during the day and they didn't seem to keen to talk very much.

"But then again they got married not so long ago so things must have been getting better, I suppose.

"It's a big shock for all of us. You don't expect something like this to happen on your doorstep.”

Another neighbour said: "We knew something terrible had happened but we couldn't believe it when we were told David had been stabbed.

"He was a well-respected man.

“He was always a very nice gentleman to talk to.

"It's an utter tragedy. I am really very sorry for what has happened."

Mr Edwards, who spoke three foreign languages, had practised law for 26 years specialising in criminal defence work.

He formerly ran his own firm Stanley H Cross but that was taken over by Kevills Solicitors and was understood to have been made redundant earlier this year.

One fellow worker said: "We knew it was sometimes a stormy relationship but never expected this.”

In a statement Simon and Vicky Nicholson, partners at Kevills Solicitors, said: "The partners and staff … were shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the death of David Mark Edwards.

"David was a talented criminal defence solicitor who we had known personally and professionally for many years.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family and friends.”

Mrs Edwards is understood to have four children by a previous relationship.

Two suitcases could be seen just inside the front door of their four-bedroomed property.

Telegraph.co.uk

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