Police: Retired Sgt. Shot Nephew in Dispute

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CLEVELAND -- Retired Cleveland Police Sgt. Dale Edwards was in jail on Thursday facing an aggravated murder charge.

Police said Edwards shot and killed Antoine Graves, his nephew, on the front lawn of a house of East 151st in Cleveland Wednesday after the two were arguing.

Family members said Graves was renting a home from Edwards and wanted his security deposit back because there was no heat at the house he was renting.

"He was going to buy this house where my uncle owned and the furnace went out and all my son wanted him to do was fix the furnace," said Laura Graves, the victim's mother.

According to family members, the two got into a fist fight and then Edwards allegedly went home, got a gun, came back, and shot Antoine in the chest.     

Officials said it was Edwards who notified police about the shooting.  

Edwards retired in 2004 after serving for 27 years. 

He faced some controversy in 1990 when records show he faced a drug charge, however, he was later found not guilty of that charge.

Relatives said Edwards rented several properties and they never expected anything like this to happen.     

Graves' mother said her son, Antoine, had some problems in the past but was working hard and wanted to be a good role model for his four young children.

He had three girls and a son.           

"It just hurts knowing someone who wanted to change their life and be something, and now I will never see that person," said Arrianna Boddie, the victim's sister. 

Antoine Graves is survived by four young children, three girls and a boy. 

His uncle, Dale Edwards, is due in court Friday morning.

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