Paul Edwards, a former T&T prisons officer, has appeared in a Florida court, charged with the murder of his Trinidadian wife, Lisa Rhonda Spence. Edwards, 44, who mysteriously disappeared from the Prisons Service, was arrested on Wednesday on one count of first degree murder. The following day, he appeared before Judge John Hurley in the Broward County District Court. It was alleged that on October 7, 2009, at Miramar, he committed first degree murder, in that he stabbed Lisa Spence, 35, multiple times before decapitating her. Judge Hurley found the allegation very serious, so he ordered that Edwards be kept in prison until otherwise ordered by the court.
Miramar police, headed by detective, Danny Smith, accused Edwards of stabbing his wife more than 33 times, cutting off her head and then stuffing her body in a barrel. The body was found two months later in Miami-Dade County. Spence’s head remains missing. The Trinidadian women disappeared on October 7, last year. She was last seen at the beauty supply shop where she worked. After her disappearance, police contend that Edwards sent several text messages from her phone to convince her friends and family that she had suddenly left town and got a new job.
According to investigators, Spence was not in the habit of sending text messages to friends and family. Relatives found it strange that Spence would not have called her daughter in Trinidad for her 18th birthday on October 14, 2009. Spence, a native of Trinidad, moved to South Florida about four years ago to join a boyfriend from her Caribbean homeland, family members told police. According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Spence worked as a cashier at both Bella Beauty Supplies and the Kwik Stop convenience store, located side-by-side in a strip shopping centrr in the 7,500 block of Pembroke Road in Miramar. Miramar Police followed Edwards, their main suspect, to several locations, including northern Miami-Dade County.