Newly released report fills in some gaps in the events leading up to Khyler Edman’s death

Reporter: Erika Jackson
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Khyler Edman and his sister. Credit: Shared with WINK News.

Ryan Cole had his first court appearance Friday as he now faces charges in the death of 15-year-old Khyler Edman.

The state requested a no-contact order banning Cole from contacting Khyler’s family or his neighbor spearheading “Khyler’s Law.”

And he won’t be on the streets any time soon as he’s being held without bond.

We’re learning more as to why he’s being charged with second-degree murder.

Chaos in a Port Charlotte neighborhood ended with Cole’s arrest and Khyler’s death.

A newly released report is filling in the gaps of what happened before and after Cole was taken into custody on Sept. 26.

The bulk of the report is redacted since it’s still an open investigation, but everything inside, including all of the evidence gathered since that day, is enough to charge Cole with burglary and murder.

Deputies say it all started with a 911 call about a suspicious person on Augusta Avenue around 4 p.m.

“Um, hi. I’d like to report a suspicious person walking around the road in my neighborhood,” the 911 caller said.

“There is a residence over in that same neighborhood that is a known flophouse and it looks like he was there for most of the day,” said Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell.

Soon after, a different caller reported a man holding “the biggest knife found in a knife block” covered in blood with a black shirt wrapped around it. He told investigators he saw him 15 minutes prior with a shirt on, not covered in blood.

A deputy believes Cole then swam across a nearby canal, the same body of water where we saw a dive team searching a few weeks back.

A homeowner on Conway Boulevard called to report a burglary where deputies believe Cole entered with a knife wound and stole a child’s boxing glove.

Deputies found a shirtless Cole with wet shorts hiding in bushes behind nearby Baltic Avenue where he was arrested.

Moments later, nearby deputies heard a screaming woman on Starlite Lane and found Khyler dead inside.

An autopsy found Khyler died from stab wounds, which investigators believe were caused by Cole after breaking into his home, resulting in burglary and murder charges.

Cole will be back in court for the murder charge next month, but he will also be in court Monday for one of the burglary charges from that day.

“The first step in a long process has been taken,” said Khyler’s grandmother, Rebecca English. “It is now about going forward in the healing process and the legal system getting justice for Khyler.”

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