The man accused of calling in a threat to an Ashdown Walmart last week made his first appearance in court this morning, and more charges could be filed in connection with threats to other stores made that morning.
46-year-old William Dudley Edwards is charged with threatening a fire or bombing in connection with a threatening call made to the Ashdown store on the morning of April 18. Investigators say the store's phone carrier was able to help them determine the origin of the call.
Police say that call was one in a series of threatening calls that were made to Walmart stores that morning, including calls to stores in Texarkana, Texas and Arkansas and in New Boston. No devices were found in any of the stores. Edwards turned himself Monday in after a warrant was issued by Ashdown police for his arrest.
In Little River County court Tuesday morning, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Al Smith told the court that authorities in Texarkana and Bowie County have a "possible interest" in the case against Edwards, indicating that additional charges may be filed.
Edwards' bond was set at $50,000. He is being held at the Sevier County jail due to lack of room in Little River County, and he is due back in court next Tuesday for formal arraignment.
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