Indictments Issued in Deaths of David and Edie Henderson

The man charged by police in the killings of former City Commissioner Edie Yates Henderson and her husband, David Henderson, has been indicted by a Polk County grand jury in 12 criminal charges in the case.

Marcelle Jerill Waldon, 36, was also indicted on four counts related to a burglary at the Lakeland home of Publix heir Julie Jenkins Fancelli that took place two days before the Nov. 10 killings of the Hendersons.

Family members and close friends of the Hendersons will attend a memorial ceremony Saturday morning at All Saints’ Episcopal Church; around 70 are expected.

The ceremony is scheduled to be live streamed at 11 a.m. Saturday on the All Saints’ Facebook page, according to a post from the Hendersons’ daughter-in-law. In addition, the family is planning a public celebration of life on Dec. 14. The time and place will be announced

A grand jury document signed on Tuesday indicts Waldon in these crimes connected with the pre-breakfast intrusion of the Hendersons’ home fronting Lake Morton:

  • Two counts of first-degree murder.
  • Armed burglary with assault or battery.
  • Two counts of kidnapping for holding the couple against their will.
  • Robbery with a firearm for taking jewelry, credit cards, checks and cellphones.
  • Attempted arson for leaving on all of the gas burners in the kitchen.
  • Arson for starting a fire in David Henderson’s Audi.
  • Theft of the Audi.
  • Tampering with evidence for trying to destroy the Audi.
  • Forgery for trying to cash a check with intent to defraud.
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

A separate indictment charged Waldon with four counts related to a Nov. 8 burglary at the Fancelli home: burglary; dealing in stolen silver goods; false verification of ownership to a second-hand dealer, Lloyds of Lakeland; and grand theft of silver goods.

David Henderson was a lawyer-turned-commercial developer. Edie Henderson was managing partner of a CPA firm and 12-year Lakeland city commissioner. 

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