The longest trial in the history of Escambia County has come to a conclusion and the fate of Cedric Floyd now rests in the hands of Judge Bert Rice.
The sentencing hearing was held Wednesday, October 9, after the jury returned a verdict of guilty of capital murder. It was only one day long, in stark contrast to the three- week trial that preceded it. At Floyd’s request, he acted as his own attorney, with assistance from his trial attorneys Chuck Johns and Kevin McKinley, by order of Judge Rice.
After hearing from the state’s witnesses and with little input from the defense, the jury returned with a recommendation of death. It will be up to Rice to consider the recommendation of the jury and either sentence Floyd to death or life in prison.
“The judge will pass sentence some time in January,” Escambia County Court Clerk John Robert Fountain said. “We have no date set at this time.”
Floyd was convicted in the January 2011 murder of his girlfriend, Tina Roshell Jones. When police arrived at Jones’ residence, they found her lying on the floor, with several gunshots wounds to her body. She was rushed to Atmore Community Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. While officers were at the residence, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Floyd stating he wanted to turn himself in.