A man suspected in the July 30 death of a St. George bar manager faces an extradition hearing on Thursday in San Francisco.
Anthony Ray Edwards, formerly of Mesquite, Nev., was arrested Sunday in San Francisco, following a nationwide search. He is the prime suspect in the early-morning shooting death of Thomas B. Foard, manager and bartender of The Blarney Stone.An arrest warrant was issued later that day for Edwards, who is charged with aggravated murder. He could face a capital murder charge because Foard's death occurred during the commission of an alleged robbery.
St. George police Lt. Kerry Larson said if Edwards waves extradition, Utah authorities will pick him up in California as soon as possible. If he denies extradition, a governor's warrant will be obtained to bring him back to St. George for trial, Larson said. That could take up to 90 days.
Foard, 43, was discovered by his wife, Robin, slumped over the bar, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in 5th District Court in St. George. The murder was St. George's first in nearly four years.
Edwards was the last person seen with Foard after closing time early Sunday morning. A pistol registered to Edwards and matching the caliber used in the murder was found in Edward's motel room in St. George, the affidavit said.
Larson said St. George police still are awaiting verification from a ballistics report.
A guest of the motel, across the street from the beer bar, found Edwards' wallet containing identification and Nevada pistol permit.
The beer bar's cash register indicated receipts of $741, but only $16.25 was found on Foard's body, according to the affidavit. It also states one bar patron recalled seeing Edwards kicked out of the pub the day before at 4 p.m. for wearing a tank top shirt, which violates the establishment's dress code.