Murder cases going to trial

Published 4:41 pm Monday, June 8, 2009

By By Adam Prestridge
special to the standard

Juries in Brewton will hear two murder cases in upcoming days.
The 21st judicial Circuit Court is scheduled to try the two cases later this month.
According to court records, Milton Simpson Jr. will stand trial for murder after being charged with the stabbing death of 36-year-old Teoria M. McNeal on Aug. 24, 2008.
At the time of the incident, Atmore police officers said they responded to a domestic disturbance at 50 Ashley St. at around 8:29 p.m. and discovered McNeal lying in the floor with a stab  wound to the chest. She later died at Atmore Community Hospital.
Officers later learned during their investigation that a verbal altercation ensued between McNeal and her boyfriend, Simpson, 42. 
Simpson was later arrested and charged with murder.
Jury selection in Simpson’s case will begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 15.
Alphonse Davis also faces murder charges after allegedly shooting Jeremie Jerome Hand at the Flamingo Terrace nightclub in Atmore on Nov. 4, 2006, and will stand trial this month.
According to reports from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, Hand, a 27-year-old Atmore resident, was pronounced dead at Atmore Community Hospital following injuries sustained from a gunshot wound.
According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation revealed that 29-year-old Cedric Fernando Leslie, also of Atmore, and Hand had an argument in the bathroom and Hand shot Leslie in the jaw. The confrontation then led outside into the parking lot, where it is believed Davis fatally shot Hand, deputies have said.
Leslie was also transported to Atmore Community Hospital in a privately owned vehicle by relatives. He was later transported to an out-of-county hospital and underwent surgery.
Jury selection in Davis’ trial will begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 16.