Murder trial set for lotto store shooting

Published 9:21 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The two Atmore area men who stand accused of the Nov. 6 shooting death of a Florida storeowner were in a Pensacola court last week where a date for their murder trial was set by Judge Linda Nobles.



Malcolm Troy McGhee, Jr., 24, and Brent Dewayne Lambeth, 20, were indicted on murder charges in December after allegedly shooting and killing 74-year-old Thomas Gerald Kroll during an attempted robbery of the O’Yes Lotto store, which Kroll owned and operated on Highway 97, just south of the Alabama state line.

According to information from the Escambia County (Fla.) Circuit Clerk’s Office, last Wednesday a trial date of May 28 was set by Nobles for both men.

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McGhee and Lambeth each entered a standard automatic plea of not guilty in December and will face charges of murder in the first degree and robbery with a firearm when their trial begins.

Following the November investigation, authorities said they believe the men had purchased “spice,” or synthetic marijuana, from the store and were attempting to rob Kroll in an effort to obtain more of the substance.



The two men will remain in the Pensacola jail, where each will await trial on no bond.