JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Clayton Bernard Foreman, 61, for capital murder in the 1995 killing of Beaumont school teacher Mary Catherine Edwards.
Law enforcement officers credit new techniques for analyzing DNA evidence, similarities to the rape of a former high school classmate in Beaumont in 1981, and relentless police work, with the breakthrough that led to the April arrest of Foreman in Franklin County, Ohio, where he lived.
District Attorney Bob Wortham tells KFDM/Fox 4 Edwards was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Clayton Bernard Foreman and his first wife.
Former classmates tell KFDM Foreman helped organize the Forest Park High School (now West Brook) reunions and attended the last one in 2018. They tell us he was in charge of the reunion tributes to former classmates who died.
They tell he was a thoughtful person and no one would have expected that he’d be charged with Edwards’ murder.
Jail records indicate he was taken into custody April 29.
“I give credit to the Beaumont Police Department and I’m so proud of Chief Jim Singletary and his department for the breakthrough in this cold case,” said District Attorney Bob Wortham.
The DPS increased the reward last year for information to help solve the cold case, but investigators say it was relentless work by police and investigators, and DNA, that provided a break in the case.
Edwards, 31, was a beloved teacher who lived alone in Beaumont. She was last seen on the evening of Friday, Jan. 13, 1995. The following day, she didn’t respond to phone calls, so her parents went to her west Beaumont townhome on Park Meadow Street to check on her. When they arrived, they found Edwards in her bathroom, with her hands handcuffed behind her back and her head in water in the bathtub. She had been sexually assaulted and killed.
Police traveled to Franklin County, Ohio and arrested Foreman.
The Probable Cause Affidavit for his arrest indicates DNA evidence taken from Mary Catherine Edwards and items in her townhome led to Foreman.
Written by KFDM/FOX4