On August 3, 2006 at 2350 hours, patrol officers from the St. Marys County Sheriffs Department responded to an address in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim, Edmond Travis Copeland, a 25 year old male from Virginia. Officers discovered that Copeland was suffering from stab wounds. Officers immediately administered CPR. Copeland was transported to St. Marys Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation was assumed by the St. Marys County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI). As a result of their investigation, Eric Anthony Brooks Jr., an 18 year old male of Lexington Park, was charged with 2nd degree murder and incarcerated in the St. Marys County Detention Center pending a bond review.