Floyd capital murder trial continues

Published 10:25 pm Thursday, October 3, 2013

As testimony continued Thursday in the capital murder trial of Cedric Floyd, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals sent his revocation of parole order back to the Escambia County Circuit Court.

The appeals court voted 4-1 to send the case back to circuit court, ruling the circuit court simply did not provide the evidence for the revocation order.

“Accordingly, this Court must remand this cause to the circuit court with instructions that it enter a written order specifically stating its reasons for revoking Floyd’s probation and the evidence upon which it relied,” the appeals court’s decision states.

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Floyd’s probation on rape and sodomy charges was revoked because he was charged with capital murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Tina Roshell Jones, in January 2011.

Defense witnesses took the stand Thursday as the capital murder case was winding down. Jack Remus, a forensic scientist, testified about how he might have handled evidence in the case differently, including taking more photos and taking photos from different angles at the crime scene. Remus also said he might have done a swab of the suspect for gunshot residue.

“Based on a review of the items submitted to me, there are some things we’ve been talking about that I would have done,” he said.

Also, two acquaintances of Floyd testified about spending time with him the day before and the day of the murder. The friend who was with Floyd the day before the murder said the two spent most of their time drinking and doing drugs, and that Floyd was talking about a girl in Brewton with whom he was expecting a baby.