MANHATTAN (KSNT) — An aspiring rap artist from Manhattan has been arrested by Riley County police for the murder of his wife, who was killed in their north Mississippi home in late September 2014.
Edward Broom, 34, was arrested on an extradition warrant from Leflore County, Miss. on a murder charge. Broom goes by the stage name “Insane Kokaine.” Broom is currently in the Riley County Jail awaiting extradition, according to the Riley County Police Department.
His 29-year-old wife, Lakeyla Broom, was stabbed to death in their Greenwood, Miss. home according to B100 News, a radio station in Grenada, Miss.
The Greenwood Commonwealth Newspaper is reporting that the town’s police chief says DNA evidence and phone records broke the cold case. A grand jury chose to indict Broom for first degree murder according to B100 News.
According to past reports from that radio station, Lakeyla Broom’s murder was the city’s first homicide of 2014. On a Sunday morning, police found Lakeyla Broom stabbed to death at the couple’s home. Also inside the house was her 32-year-old husband, Edward, who was tied up in a bedroom. No immediate arrests were made at that time, according to the radio station.
Edward Broom studied industrial maintenance technology, according to his Facebook page. He lists himself as being from Greenwood, Miss. but living in Junction City, Kan. However, at the time of his arrest, police say he was living in Manhattan, Kan. Broom also identifies himself as a musician going by the stage name “Insane Kokaine.” The rapper’s work appears on a Facebook fan page by the same name and includes songs such as “Playa That You Love To Hate.”
A profile for Edward Broom on Work Hands, a website for skilled trade workers, has his photo, lists him as living in Manhattan, and lists him as doing electrical work. A workplace is not listed. Broom’s address on an RCPD report reveals that, at the time of his arrest, he was living in a mobile home park just north of Don Harbour Park in northeast Manhattan.
Lakeyla Foreman Broom’s Facebook page still remains active and, according to her profile, she worked as a registered nurse at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Few photos of her husband appear on her page, although there is one of them together in the car on the way to church, according to the caption.
Edward Broom regularly posts his songs and videos to multiple indie artist websites and social media pages including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He recently signed with Black Dize Entertainment, an independent music label out of Philadelphia, Pa. Just days before Broom’s arrest for murder, the label’s founder tweeted his congratulations:
In a July 2015 article from the Greenwood Commonwealth Newspaper, Lakeyla’s mother was quoted as saying that it was “ridiculous” that no arrests had been made at that time in her daughter’s murder. The mother appeared in a newspaper photo with the story, clutching her daughter’s framed picture.
Lakeyla’s family and friends are now expressing their relief on social media that an arrest has been made.