Photo by Kathy Jefcoats
Henry County Chief Magistrate Robert Godwin hands paperwork to Terrance Leslie Floyd III, who is charged with murder and other felonies in connection with a Sept. 11 incident.
McDonough By Kathy Jefcoats
MCDONOUGH — Henry County police have arrested the last two of four men sought in the shooting death of a Stockbridge father during a robbery at the victim's home.
Terrance Leslie Floyd III, 19, made his first appearance in Magistrate Court Wednesday morning. He is charged with murder, burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment in the Sept. 11 incident. Henry police said he surrendered Tuesday night.
Floyd told Chief Magistrate Robert Godwin he will hire his own attorney to represent him on the charges. Godwin reset his preliminary hearing to Oct. 11.
The last suspect, Robert Lewis Price III, 18, was arrested during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon in Clayton County, said Maj. Jason Bolton. He is expected to make his first appearance in Magistrate Court Thursday morning.
Floyd and Price join codefendants Brandon Alexander Terryhall, 20, of McDonough and Trey Michael Cota, 21, of Dunwoody in the Henry County Jail. All are awaiting a bond hearing in Superior Court.
Ronnie Cantrell Sr., 68, died Sept. 15 after being shot in the chest when he and his son, Ronnie Cantrell Jr., 42, apparently interrupted a robbery inside their Stockbridge home. Henry County police said the four suspects were looking for guns and money and forced the younger man to open a safe. Cantrell Jr. was shot in the right hand and lost two fingers, according to the arrest warrant.
Terryhall was arrested within 24 hours because he was also shot during the incident and sought treatment at a hospital. The second suspect, Cota, was arrested Sept. 13 and made his first appearance in Henry Magistrate Court the next day. His parents were in court when Judge Wes Shannon announced that Cantrell Sr. died earlier that morning and that Cota would be charged with murder.
"The one charge of aggravated assault against Ronnie Cantrell Sr. has been upgraded to murder," Shannon told Cota, who didn't visibly react.
When Cota returned to his cell, his parents and a neighbor couple who accompanied them, left the courtroom. Outside the building, Cota's father, who declined to give his name, expressed condolences to the Cantrell family but defended his son.
"We took the news very hard," he said of Cantrell's death. "We send condolences to the family and we are so sorry this happened. But my son was not around when this happened. My son had nothing to do with this."
The neighbors, who also declined to give their names, said they support Cota.
"The neighbors love him very much and we are here to support him," said the woman.
According to Fulton County Jail records, Cota was arrested in November 2008 for burglary.
Neighbors of the Cantrells, who also did not want to be identified, said they are "outraged" at what they deem "a senseless murder."