Coleman murder trial set

Published 7:55 pm Friday, March 29, 2013

An Atmore man accused of murder now has a trial date and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 9 in Brewton.

Derek Coleman of Atmore was arrested in August of 2011 and charged with attempted murder after authorities found a man badly beaten and bleeding on Airport Road in Atmore.



Escambia County sheriff’s deputies and Atmore police responded to the scene after receiving a call that a black man was lying in the road and looked injured. When officers arrived, they found him bleeding from severe head trauma and multiple abrasions.

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Officers were able to get a brief statement from the victim before he was airlifted to a trauma center in Pensacola, Fla. The victim later passed away from his injuries.

According to information from the Escambia County Court House, Coleman was indicted by a grand jury for capital murder.

He remains in the Escambia County Detention Center.