Jury selection begins for alleged white supremacist accused of rape and kidnapping

Northwest Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Jury selection began Monday for the man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman back in 2019.

Joshua Edwards will be in the Escambia County Courthouse as the trial is expected to start later this week. Investigators say the crimes were motivated by race, and Edwards is part of the Aryan Brotherhood Gang.

Deputies say Edwards kidnapped the victim at gunpoint at a gas station, while high on drugs. He then allegedly made her drive to a park where he allegedly sexual assaulted her and made her take drugs as well.

Deputies say Edwards also carjacked a second victim, and left both the women together and they called police. Edwards was later arrested outside the Walmart on Blue Angel Parkway.

The trial is expected to start Thursday.

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