Two area men set to stand trial in March

Published 8:52pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Two men awaiting trial on murder charges are scheduled to enter the courtroom later this month in Brewton.

Antonio Alberto Crenshaw, of Pensacola, and Cedric Floyd, of Atmore, will begin their trials Monday, March 11 and Thursday, March 14 respectively.

Crenshaw will face a murder charge after he was arrested in August of 2011 for allegedly shooting to death 23-year-old Christopher Payne Andrews on Maxwell Street in Atmore. Crenshaw was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals’ Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force from Pensacola and the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force from Mobile almost a week after the shooting. He was found by law enforcement agents in a Red Roof Inn in Pensacola.

Crenshaw
Crenshaw

Floyd, also facing a murder charge, will be in court March 14, but will be facing charges of promoting prison contraband in the first degree.

He is also awaiting trial for allegedly killing Tina Roshell Jones’ at her home on 5th Avenue in January of 2011. Floyd allegedly broke into Jones’ home and shot her several times.

While awaiting trial for Jones’ murder, Floyd has incurred additional prison contraband charges and, in October, escaped custody and led officers on a two-day chase that ended with his capture in Pensacola.

Escambia County Circuit Clerk John Robert Fountain said, while both men’s trials are scheduled, it is not uncommon for a plea bargain to be reached.

“We’re still going through the process of calling and selecting a jury,” Fountain said. “These trials are set, but they could plead at any time. They could even plead during the trial.”

Fountain said there is also the possibility that one, or both, trials could be continued, as Floyd’s murder trial has been several times.Floyd

In November, charges against Floyd were in jeopardy of being dismissed after Circuit Judge Bert Rice dismissed the District Attorney amidst allegations of professional conduct violations that were said to have occurred while Floyd was on the run after escaping the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton.

A date for Floyd’s murder trial has not yet been set.

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