Murder suspect in custody

Published 10:24 am Monday, May 6, 2013

Kendrell McCants, the 28-year-old Atmore man wanted for the murder of Marvin Norman, is now in custody.



Atmore Police Chief Jason Dean said McCants turned himself in to officers at Atmore Police Department Saturday at 2:26 p.m., almost exactly 24 hours after the warrant for his arrest was issued.

Dean said McCants was charged with murder and transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton.

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McCants stands accused of physically assaulting the 50-year-old man Sunday, April 28 near a residence on Brooks Lane. Norman was taken by Lifeflight from Atmore Community Hospital to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola where he died from his injuries.

Dean said at this time no motive for the crime has been uncovered.

“I don’t want to speculate,” Dean said. “Right now there is nothing confirmed.”

Friday afternoon, just after police announced McCants as a wanted suspect, Norman’s mother, Johnnie Mae Norman said she knew McCants by name only, but added she was aware of his reputation as a “gangster.” She said she had no reason to believe her son and McCants knew eachother.

Following his arrest Norman said simply, “I’m glad they got him.”

Dean said investigators are still working to determine a possible motive for the crime and details will be made available as this story continues to develop. McCants is suspected to have acted alone.