Boyfriend charged with murder

Published 9:48 am Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Officers with the Atmore Police Department and medics with Atmore Ambulance responded to a shooting early Sunday morning on 5th Avenue.|Photo by Adam Prestridge

Investigators with the Atmore Police Department are still piecing together the events that lead up to the murder of an Atmore woman early Sunday morning.

According to officials, 28-year-old Cedric Jerome Floyd of Atmore broke into Tina Roshell Jones’ 5th Avenue home and shot her several times. The 43-year-old was later pronounced dead at Atmore Community Hospital while officers with the Atmore and Poarch police departments, along with deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office searched for Floyd.

Officials said that dispatchers received a 911 domestic disturbance call around 12:46 a.m. from Jones asking for police assistance because Floyd was trying to break into her home located at 216 5th Ave. While officers were en route to Jones’ home, another person at the residence called dispatchers stating that he had made entry into the home through a bedroom window. Two minutes after the initial call, officers arrived on the scene and found Jones shot several times inside the home.

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Witnesses at the scene said they were asleep, but were waken by Floyd demanding keys to a vehicle, officials said. After several moments, Floyd fled the scene on foot. While fleeing, he discarded of his jacket in the neighbor’s yard, which officers processed into evidence at the scene.

Floyd, who had been in a “dating” relationship with Jones, was apprehended approximately 30 minutes following the shooting at the intersection of Freemanville Road and Hines Street located off Jack Springs Road, according to officials.

During their investigation, officers learned that entry was made into the residence by force through a rear bedroom window. The room was identified as Jones’ room. Once inside the residence, Floyd shot Jones.

Floyd is currently behind bars at the Escambia County Detention Center, charged with capital murder. He is being held without bond following a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon at the Escambia County Courthouse in Brewton.

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