Two Men Appear in Court in Connection with Jonesboro Murder

October 1, 2004 -- Posted at: 10:45pm CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Residents in the normally quiet neighborhood where Cedric Roberts was found are shocked over the murder.

"I turned my TV down, and I just kept hearing the guy bang and bang on the lady's door," said Billy Mitchell, a resident of a duplex at 318 Steele Avenue in Jonesboro.
Billy Mitchell is one of the last people to see Cedric Roberts alive. Blood spots remain on Mitchell's doorstep.
Mitchell added, "When he was outside my door, he kept yelling, I'm gonna die. I'm gonna die. Call the police. Call the police."
After talking with witnesses and suspects, Jonesboro detectives believe the shooting happened during what they believe was a drug deal and robbery inside of a vehicle. Cedric Roberts had been shot multiple times.
Court documents show that witnesses inside of the vehicle told police that after Roberts was shot, he jumped out of the car while it was traveling on or near Steele Avenue. Blood still marks the path that Roberts took up to 318 Steele Avenue.
"When they turned him over, I could see the holes in him. I counted five," Mitchell explained.
Cedric Roberts then told an EMT who was with him in the ambulance the name of the man he said shot him. That tip lead investigators to Floyd Brownlee.
Court documents show that Robert Turner told detectives he was driving his vehicle when Brownlee pulled out a pistol and shot Cedric Roberts. Brownlee at first denied being in the car. Then he told investigators he was driving Turner's vehicle and Turner shot Roberts. Floyd Brownlee has been charged with capital murder.
Lt. Roger Morphis, a detective with the Jonesboro Police Department, explained, "Yes. We did find evidence inside the car. We did find some blood."
Turner was charged with four crimes after a suspicious bag was found when officers stopped him for questioning. His charges are Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearm, Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana) with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Controlled Substance (Cocaine) and Felon in Possession of Firearm.
As for the murder, investigators believe Robert Turner was involved at some point. Prosecutor Brent Davis will decide if additional charges will be filed.
Jeffrey L. Miles of Trumann was also taken into police custody, but was released. He was the fourth person inside of the vehicle. Lt. Roger Morphis said Miles is being looked at as a witness, but charges could be filed later.