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Carbondale Police Make Arrest in Homicide Investigation

Freddie Ray Glasser (Photo: Carbondale Police)

CARBONDALE – An arrest has been made in a homicide investigation in Carbondale.

Carbondale Police say officers responded to help with an eviction in the 700 block of South Marion Street around 5:45 last Thursday morning.

During the investigation, officers located an adult, later identified as 61-year-old Melvin L. Edwards of Carbondale, with life threatening injuries. The Jackson County Ambulance Service arrived and provided life saving measures at the scene. Edwards was transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale where he was later pronounced deceased.

Officers and detectives began a death investigation. Officers developed a suspect, identified as 43-year-old Freddie Ray Glasser, formerly of Dolores, Colorado. Officers located Glasser in the 700 block of South Lewis Lane at 10:20 a.m. and arrested him after he was reportedly trying to enter vehicles.  

Detectives charged Glasser with homicide and he is lodged in  the Jackson County Jail.

The City of Carbondale Police Department was assisted by the Illinois State Police, The Southern Illinois University Department of Public Safety, the Jackson County Coroner and the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Carbondale Police at 457-3200 or 549-COPS.