Arrest made in EB murder case
Published 4:29 pm Friday, April 3, 2015
The search for the killer of an East Brewton man ended late Thursday with a confession from the victim’s ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.
Jonathan Michael Taylor, 26, is now facing one count of murder in the shooting death of 32-year-old Cory Moncrief.
East Brewton Police Chief Kenny Brazile said Taylor is the boyfriend of the mother of Moncrief’s two children.
On Tues., March 31, the T.R. Miller Mill Co. employee was found shot to death inside his U.S. Hwy. 29 home by fellow employees after he failed to show for work with a single gunshot to the back of his head.
Brazile said the decision was then made to seek assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).
“Through our investigation and after analyzing the evidence that we had, it was determined that (Taylor) was our primary suspect,” he said. “He was picked up from his job and taken back the East Brewton PD where he was interviewed and confessed to going into the residence of Cory Moncrief and shooting him in the back of his head as he was sleeping.”
Since then, police have been working around the clock to solve Moncrief’s murder, he said.
“Since Tuesday, we have had only 10 hours of sleep,” Brazile said. “To get this done feels really good.”
Brazile said even though an arrest has been made, interviews are still on going and more information will be collected.
“Like all other cases, this case will be presented to the Escambia County Grand Jury,” he said.
Brazile thanked the SBI for their quick response to East Brewton for the many hours spent solving this case.
“I would also like to thank the (Escambia County) Sheriff’s Office for their assistance on the night of the incident as well,” he said.
No further information was released; however, more charges could be filed after the case is presented to the grand jury, Brazile said.
Details of Taylor’s bond at the Escambia County Detention Center was unavailable as of late Friday afternoon.