Former star high school football player accused of killing mother, wife

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. — Investigators said a man killed his wife and mother inside a Fayette County home and then called 911 to confess.

Johnny Edwards was one of the top football players in Georgia in 2003. Now he’s in jail, charged with the murders of his wife and mother in their home over the weekend.

Investigators said Edwards called 911 Saturday afternoon.

A brief, chilling call that got straight to the point.

      Operator: Fayette County 911.

      Edwards: I just killed my wife and my mother.

Deputies went to the home on Coventry Court in the High Grove subdivision. They said they found Edward's 57-year-old mother, Kathy, and 31-year-old wife, Venus Quanteh, dead inside.

Investigators said there was some kind of dispute before Edwards killed the two women. They didn't reveal the cause of death.


“I was just shocked. Shocked, terrifying really. This neighborhood is nothing but good people, nice neighborhood. You'd wouldn't expect nothing like that to happen,” said neighbor Brandon Belcher.

Edwards, 34, was a former star football player at Starr's Mill High School in Fayette County, and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

He went on to play as a defensive back at Wake Forest University.

“With the holidays, family and everything for something like to happen. It's terrible, really terrible,” Belcher said.

Edwards was living with his wife at his parents' home. His father was out of town when it happened.