ENGLEWOOD, Fla. -- A brutal murder is under investigation in Englewood. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said a 28-year-old woman allegedly stabbed a 65-year-old man 50 times and shot him in the back of the head.
The woman, Jennie Lee Osborne, 28, of Englewood, is facing second degree murder charges. The neighbors of the victim, Terry Edwards, 65, said they're surprised. He was a disabled American Veteran and deputies said he suffered from dependency issues. Neighbors said he liked to help others but sometimes too often.
People on Winson Avenue in Englewood are talking about their neighbor, Terry Edwards, who was brutally murdered inside his home on Wednesday night. Jennie Osborne has been charged with second degree murder in connection to his death.
"I wasn't surprised but I felt for the guy. That shouldn't have happened to him that way," said Richard Reil, a neighbor.
"He was friendly. Always waived and said hi when he saw you out in the yard," said Normajean Gillen, a neighbor.
Not everyone is convinced Edwards was the helping kind. Some said he suffered from a mental disability, even becoming possessive at times.
"The way it happened definitely but I'm not surprised that somebody got angry enough to take his life," said Reil.
Edwards, a disabled Veterans, visited the Dearborn Corner Market several times a day. A clerk said he was sick to his stomach when he heard the news.
"Terry was a really good guy. People might have bad things to say about him but I never saw anything bad about Terry," said Devin O'Sullivan.
Neighbors remembered Edwards as a good man and as somebody that liked to help out other people. But those that knew the woman who is accused of murdering him inside his Englewood home, said its out of character for her
"Very pleasant personality, nice to talk to. I honestly don't believe that this individual would go out of her way to do such a heinous crime," said James Moore, neighbor of Osborne.
Deputies said Osborne befriended Edwards after she was panhandling on the street. She went to the hospital and claimed she shot and stabbed Edwards after he sexually assaulted her but an exam didn't support her story. Friends of Edwards wish it wasn't their neighbor.
"I wish it wouldn't have happened. I wish it could have been prevented in some way," said O'Sullivan.
Deputies said that Osborne changed her clothes, searched through Edwards home and took money and his car. She's being held in the Sarasota County Jail without bond.