Broward County

Man Arrested in Killing of Wife at Pompano Beach Home: BSO

Philip Edwards, 31, facing second-degree murder charge

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A man has been arrested in the killing of his wife at their Pompano Beach home where two young children were found alive, authorities said.

Philip Edwards, 31, was arrested on charges including second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of child neglect without great bodily harm, Broward County jail records showed.

Broward Sheriff's Office officials said deputies responding to a call of a woman who had been shot at an apartment at 614 Gardens Drive early Monday found the body of 35-year-old Kathi Blankenberg.

Deputies also found twin infant girls inside the home. They were unharmed and believed to be related to the victim.

Officials said Edwards initially claimed he had found Blankenberg shot inside their home. But after executing a search warrant, deputies found several firearms, including the murder weapon, inside Edwards' car, officials said.

The girls were turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families, officials said.

In bond court Tuesday, Edwards identified himself as the father of the infant twin girls taken from the scene Monday.

“What’s up with my two daughters? Are those going to my parents?" Edwards said.

Edwards was being held without bond Tuesday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.

Edwards was on probation for a 2018 arrest in Monroe County, records showed.

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