Two Charged With Murdering Store Owner (With Exclusive Photos)

November 8, 2012

Two people  have been charged with murdering a store owner inside a Davisville lottery store Tuesday afternoon.

Malcolm Troy McGhee, Jr., 24, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Escambia County, Alabama, and is awaiting extradition to Florida.

Brent Dewayne Lambeth, age 20 of Atmore, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Task Force, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, a Century Correctional Institution K-9 team and the Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody at or near a trailer in a wooded area on Sandy Hollow Lane near Walnut Hill. He is being held in the Escambia County (Fla.) Jail without bond.

Both men are charged with murder and robbery with a firearm.

The longtime owner of the State Line O’ Yes Lotto on Highway 97 in Davisville, 74-year old Thomas “Tommy” Kroll was shot and killed  during an exchange of gunfire during the robbery about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators said they received information from confidential sources that led to the arrests. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said Kroll’s business was specifically targeted by Lambeth and McGhee because of previous purchases of “Spice” and that the duo “intended on robbing the store of more Spice that day”.

For a photo gallery from the murder scene, click here.

For an earlier story, click here.

For more about Tommy Kroll and words from his wife, click here.

Pictured top: Brent Dewayne Lambeth, a suspect in the murder of a Davisville business owner, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at or near this mobile home in wooded area on Sandy Hollow Road in Walnut Hill. Pictured bottom inset: An Escambia County K-9 unit was on scene. NorthEscambia.com exclusive photos, click to enlarge. Pictured below: The scene following the robbery Tuesday afternoon in Davisville. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

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96 Responses to “Two Charged With Murdering Store Owner (With Exclusive Photos)”

  1. kroll on December 3rd, 2012 2:46 pm

    For all who have talked bad about our love one. Spice is legal in Florida. It States on the package not for human consumption. It is incense to burn. We had doctors recommend it for chronic pain. Get your facts straight. So health food stores have the same items. Yes I wish we never had heard of it. Please stop making our family suffer anymore than we are already. These were not kids one is 24 years old. Tell Loses to stop selling glue that people miss use. Let us morn in peace. Yes oyes lotto is closed for ever.

  2. Family on November 11th, 2012 1:24 am

    to john taylor…Son was his Uncle, but Yes it is the same Tommy Kroll.

  3. David Huie Green on November 9th, 2012 11:43 pm

    CONSIDERING:
    ” but you cannot compare this to 9/11. 9/11 was about pure hatred for Americans, this was about two young men wanting to get high on spice, because it is addictive”

    To compare, you find similarities. For example, in both cases the killings were not directed at an individual for hatred for individual acts but as a means to a goal.

    Both instances involved people putting their desires above the lives of innocent people.

    Both involved striking from hiding, either pretending to just be a passenger or hiding behind a mask.

    Both were done in broad daylight.

    Yep, while there are differences, there are similarities for comparison. Further, if you look at them as lives lost due to a lack of respect for the lives of others, drug related killings far outstrip the few killed September 11, 2001. I’d have to look, but wouldn’t be surprised to see that the nation spent more money fighting a drug war than it did fighting the agents of 9/11.

    Just something to consider

  4. Cord Cook on November 9th, 2012 6:59 pm

    i prey for the family of the victim! unsesscerally murdered?….over a substance in my mind should b illegal….i alone am not perfectt?…i spent time with brent in county jail last year?seemed like just nother lost kid?kid? im only 25?…But Tj? ive known my whole life he is like a brother of 2 me?…i have a older brother who spent five years in a FLA prison another Who has spent time in a ALA prison?…MY HEART is Broke.im so heart broken for the familys involed…but u make ur own choices an my brother andd brent has gave there life away by taking one in a sinceless act of violence! #HEARTBREAK

  5. Excuses on November 9th, 2012 6:10 pm

    Bottom line is that these two voluntarily chose to take drugs and now must suffer the consequences. What a tragedy! Essentially there are three lost lives.

  6. john taylor on November 9th, 2012 3:53 pm

    Does any one know if this is the same Tommy Kroll that was raised up around Government and A streets in Pensacola, His dad may have been Son Kroll. Thank You.

  7. Excuse? on November 9th, 2012 2:47 pm

    Yes, everyone agrees what these two did was extremely wrong, but you cannot compare this to 9/11. 9/11 was about pure hatred for Americans, this was about two young men wanting to get high on spice, because it is addictive. Out of all the stores in that area, they picked this one. Why? becuase he was selling spice out of his store, which is illegal. This is a murder that would not have happened if he was not selling spice. Pure and simple. His store was targeted for one reason, they bought spice there earlier, therefore they knew the man had spice in his store.

  8. Another Excuse... on November 9th, 2012 12:37 pm

    So who or what is to blame for a pizza delivery guy getting robbed or a shooting in a movie theater or a work place shooting or a bank robbery or a home invasion or bar fight/shooting or a shooting in a church service or a olympic bomb or a world trade center attack……..and on and on? People have been killing people long before spice was ever made, so don’t blame this victim for selling spice, any more than you would blame a convenience store clerk for having cash in the register. These men knew right from wrong and chose their path. They have had many chances to get help for any drug problems but they chose not to, so don’t get on this vicim’s case and try to drum up an excuse for what these two thugs have done. That is what’s wrong with society. Everybody wants to blame something or somebody and nobody wants to accept responsibility for their actions.

  9. TERRIBLE on November 9th, 2012 10:15 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kroll family, one because of what happened to Mr. Kroll, two because they have to listen and read the comments that idiots put on here. It’s my thoughts that Mr. Kroll was just selling what sells. He was an older man, maybe he didn’t think anything about what “spice” is or what it does. No matter what it was those kids wanted he didn’t deserve to die. My daughter knows these boys from a few years back, they were drug heads back then. I feel sorry for the parents of the kids because once “good kids” are now murderers. No matter how they were raised, these kids took it upon themselves to take the wrong path in life and this is where it led. DRUGS are no good! I don’t know if kids will ever learn this. ADDICTION – look up in the dictionary, read it, comprehend it and live by it!

  10. David Huie Green on November 9th, 2012 9:48 am

    REGARDING:
    “I always thought you were innocent, until proven guilty”

    Nah, you’re innocent or guilty no matter what a judge and jury say. It is just that you aren’t LEGALLY guilty until a jury says so and then you’re legally guilty even if you did not commit the crime just as you’re legally innocent even if you did commit the crime but the jury decides sufficient evidence wasn’t presented.

    Most people here are discussing the crime — which isn’t in doubt — rather than the accused criminals.

    David for distinctions

  11. Southern Mom on November 9th, 2012 7:50 am

    WELL SAID Matt! These ppl comparing coffee to”spice” are really out of their minds!! I have never heard of someone pulling up to McDonalds to order coffee only to learn they are out and lose their minds pull out a pistol and start shooting!!! Or walk into a gas station that doesn’t sell ciggeretts and pulls out a gun and shoots!! GET REAL PEOPLE! The owner KNEW what he was selling…These boys KNEW what they went in there for…The responsibility lies with all three! ;Like it or not…One man dead, two going to prison! Don’t sell it,don’t buy it,don’t use it! No EXCUSES!

  12. William on November 9th, 2012 7:40 am

    >>>Am I the only one that read there was an “exchange” of gunfire? It would seem either poor writing led to those words or Mr. Kroll tried to defend himself.

    It’s not poor writing on our part….the ECSO has said “exchange” of gunfire but has not elaborated one iota more. So there would be no way, other than speculation, to expand upon the word and the happenings.

  13. Dave Stark on November 9th, 2012 6:37 am

    Am I the only one that read there was an “exchange” of gunfire? It would seem either poor writing led to those words or Mr. Kroll tried to defend himself. Does any one know if there really was a shootout?

  14. Matt on November 9th, 2012 6:16 am

    When you deal with seemingly addictive “mind altering” substances you ultimately inherit the people that use them, whether that be good people or bad. Unfortunately the fact that this location was known for selling substances that are known to cause erratic behavior and some dependancy, you almost accept the responsibility that people with dependancy problems, known to be erratic, and in this case desperate, are going to be coming to your place of business… obviously this still does not excuse the act of murder… but you don’t see people who are selling fruit on the side of the road having these sort of problems…

  15. missysmom on November 8th, 2012 11:37 pm

    I have a close relative that uses spice. It turns him onto a mean,evil, paranoid person. You lose the person that you love to drugs. Wish it would be classed as a felony to buy or sell it.
    Sorry for the family’s loss. Sorry for everyones loss., so many lives touched by a preventable tragedy. :-(

  16. MC1971 on November 8th, 2012 10:13 pm

    My prayers are with both families. I know Brent’s mother and father went to school with them both and know what wonderful people they are. I also knew Tommy saw him every time I bought tickets when I drove up from Mobile. This whole story is truly very sad and all I can say is I pray God will be with these families.

  17. 429SCJ on November 8th, 2012 8:26 pm

    I drove up to Walnut Hill this morning, the waitress at the restaurant and cashier at the gas station were pretty tight lipped about the subject. I guess the alledged assailants and the late Mr Kroll are well known in the area.

    I wonder when they will go before the grand jury or if they will plead for a deal?
    I hope that they avoid the death penalty for their famalies sake as much as I feel they deserve it. I think that idiocy and illegal spice was the catalyst for this horror.

    I hope they did not just shoot Mr Kroll in cold blood.

  18. ngd on November 8th, 2012 8:00 pm

    I always thought you were innocent, until proven guilty….This is a terrible thing to have happen, but they haven’t been tried and found guilty yet…So please hold your judgement..I do not know anyone concerned but they all need our prayers.

  19. poplar dell on November 8th, 2012 7:30 pm

    Prayer is the only hope for this world,and the people in it.

  20. hawghead on November 8th, 2012 4:26 pm

    They don’t call it dope for nothing……This man lost his life over some synthetic dope…..I can’t believe people think that it is ok to smoke pot…..but then again only a dope would think that….

  21. Willie on November 8th, 2012 4:09 pm

    I’ve known Brent for a long time and this does not seem like something he would do, he comes from a great family and had a bright future. Unfortunately, hanging out with the wrong people sometimes has very serious consequences. Truly sorry for all the families involved, and will keep them in our prayers.

  22. Concerned Business Owner on November 8th, 2012 3:43 pm

    First, I really do not care what the victim was selling in his store. When two masked men enter with a gun that is scary. He did not make anyone purchase spice or whatever. He did not deserve to die!!!!! DO NOT BLAME THE VICTIM!!!!

    Second: The one’s that went in that store are not victims. They made the choice to go in there, apparently not caring what happened. I do feel sory for their families . I really do not feel sorry for the men that went in that store, even if they were addicts or whatever they had to know what they were doing.

    Third: How many of you own businesses and are really afraid that you will be next? Do you know the fear that just going to work may be the last thing you do. What should business people do? Should they shut down in fear? What would you do?

  23. No Excuses on November 8th, 2012 3:29 pm

    @ Kelly Green.

    I fail to see how incarcerating people who break the law keeps the “Money rolling in” for Florida. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. It COSTS the State of Florida to put people in jail – food, lodging, laundry, medical care, dental care, etc. – Not to mention salaries for correctional and LEO and other administrative personnel. It’s not a business that makes money for anyone, believe me.

  24. THE FACTS on November 8th, 2012 3:08 pm

    Also, for anyone who comes into ALABAMA with it, IT’S a CLASS C FELONY to possess it and a CLASS A to sell or give away.

  25. THE FACTS on November 8th, 2012 3:06 pm

    SPICE is illegal in FLORIDA, but the LAW MAKERS stated that in order to get a conviction on it you must first prove that the substance contains the chemical compound such as JH18 and others. ALABAMA was the same way at first until they changed the law. There are 250 different chemical compounds that can be used to make the stuff. I went to a narcotics class that taught us the way this stuff is made. It cost about $50.00 to make a pound of it and sells for $15 -$20 for 3 grams. It take the lab a long time to find what type of chemical was used. The way I see it, if you say it’s illegal then who cares what type of chemical was used.

  26. hmmm on November 8th, 2012 3:01 pm

    @ We dont need a Lecture…….Ummmm maybe we dont need ur opinion …Yes they did wrong and they will pay … but they are ppls family as well n if it wasnt for tha drugs this would have never happen but u jus wanna call them Thugs huh?!? I still love ya Tj but dont agree with what u did!

  27. me on November 8th, 2012 2:49 pm

    @ we don’t need a lecture u couldn’t have sayd it better!!

  28. RITA COLLINS on November 8th, 2012 2:46 pm

    MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE KROLL FAMILY. WE SO TO THIS LOTTO PLACE WHEN WE GET OUR TICKETS .MR.KROLL WAS A VERY NICE MAN .HE WAS VERY KIND TO EVERYBODY THAT CAME IN THE STORE.HE WILL BE DEEPLY MISS BY OUR FAMILY.HE DIDNT DESERVE TO DIE. GOD BLESS THE FAMILY OF MR.KROLL

  29. WE DON'T NEED A LECTURE on November 8th, 2012 2:39 pm

    WHO CARES.. what spice is or how nice their mothers are. WHO CARES.

    THESE ALLEGED CHARGED MEN, ARE LOW LIFE, THUG, SCUM OF THE EARTH, COLD BLOODED MURDERERS. DO YOU HEAR ME, MURDERERS.
    AND IF FOUND GUILTY, THEY DESERVE THE DEATH PENALTY.

  30. John on November 8th, 2012 2:36 pm

    First let me say that the freedom that we have in America to say and write want we want was gained by the brave men and women who have served this country and died for it. This is tragic and three families lives have been altered forever. If one of thoes boys were my son there is no way I would be on this site to read some of these post nor would I go to their aid. I raised my sons to be better and they both know I would spend every dime I had to help if they were defending them selves however they also know I would’t raise a hand to help if they did something like this. Yes I love my sons but when they do acts like this they lose that love. The parents are not to blame nor is Mr Knoll only McGhee and Lambeth are to blame they chose to go there and this was the outcome. They are at fault .

  31. dude on November 8th, 2012 2:34 pm

    I love you Coach Bell. Well said.

  32. Not very smart on November 8th, 2012 2:30 pm

    In response to “Coach Bell”

    For every one person you show me that has had their life ruined by smoking pot, I will show you 500 that has had their life ruined by alcohol. You tell me this, why are alcohol and cigarettes legal? I’m sure you have enjoyed the celebratory drink once in awhile haven’t you coach? There’s a reason you’re a coach and not someone who has to actually think for a living.

    You know what I’m tired of? Old, stubborn people who don’t know how to research and gather information about a topic. These “lifelong conservatives” who are stuck in the Ronald Reagan era cannot be told ANYTHING. Coach, there are bums everywhere, and there are drunks everywhere. Just because someone enjoys a drink every now and then, that makes them a drunk? I guess as soon as someone smokes a joint, they are automatically a lazy pothead who leeches off the government.

  33. Raised Right on November 8th, 2012 2:20 pm

    This is a sad situations for both families… 1st of all those guys are not bad guys they just got caught up in this “illegal spice drug” and once you are addicted you are in alot of trouble, it works on your brain right away. Once they start using this then when they can’t get it they go on to other drugs… it is an obsession…. I don’t even know how someone could be rehabilitated after they start on this monster… It should be even ILLEGAL TO BE IMPORTED HERE>>>> in my opinion it is a Terrorist Attack on our country and young people… PLEASE I beg of you don’t start using this SPICE or whatever the name is…. just stay away from it….. Your life and mental state is not worth it…. This is messing a many of young persons life up and their families… most of the time it makes them so out of it that they don’t even realize what they are doing…. IT IS A SAD TIME FOR THIS COUNTRY THAT WE LET SUCH AS THIS INTO OUR PORTS!!!!!!!! BE STRONG AND STAY AWAY FROM IT!!!!!!! If you are a business owner, refuse to sell it…….. any amount of money is not worth your life or the life that you are selling it to…….

  34. ? on November 8th, 2012 2:19 pm

    @Darko Sladovic – We know the two that are charged did something terrible, and they know it too. That doesn’t mean you have to come here and be disrespectful, disregarding the parents’ feelings completely.. The two that are charged probably will never even see your comments, so the only people you are hurting is their families. If your kid did something terrible like this, you would not want to come on the internet and see 50 posts saying “fry them”, etc. They will be handled according to the law, and that’s all there is to say about it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this incident.

  35. coach bell on November 8th, 2012 2:10 pm

    In response to Kelly Green:

    Show me someone who has ever said, “Before I started smoking pot, my life was in the toilet. I had no money, no job, no prospects. But after I started smoking pot, things just miraculously started to go my way.”

    You know why no one says that? Because there is no one who smokes pot who has had that happen. Pot, along with other drugs, aren’t illegal because the government is “out to getcha” & stop anyone from having fun. Drugs are illegal because they lead to crime.

    I am tired of people excusing illegal behavior by others because it was someone else’s fault.

  36. Darko Sladovic on November 8th, 2012 2:08 pm

    People want posters to not say anything negative about the men charged with murder out of “respect” for their families.

    Here’s a news flash: I don’t care. People get offended every day. Grow up and get over it.

    Those families have bigger fish to fry other than stuffing their face with Doritos and surfing the web. The Internet, just like the world at large, is a nasty place full of bad stuff. No one is going to sanitize out of “respect” for someone.

    If there was any respect needed, it was respect for human life. How did that work out?

  37. Kelly Green on November 8th, 2012 1:05 pm

    I think it is absolutely ridiculous how one can go to a gas station or a lotto store and buy this “Spice” stuff, which is a chemically designed substance that is supposed to have a similar affect on the brain as Marijuana. This stuff is nothing like Marijuana and it is frying people’s brains and making them do crazy things that normal people are not out doing. The fact of the matter is, if Marijuana were legal, so many people would not be turning to any other form of drug. Marijuana was created by God just like all the other plants and obviously intended for people to use or he would have not put it on this earth. It is almost like Marijuana is a special gift to his children in this cruel, tough, and temporary world that we call our home. We have just let our government blind and control us to the point that we can’t see what is really going on here. The government does NOT care about our best interest… if they did then Spice would be banned and God’s plant would be legal again…just like it was all the years before we let the government start controlling everything we do.

    Also, I think that the state of Florida refuses to legalize the use of Marijuana because the justice system makes so much money off of throwing good, innocent people in jail or prison because they choose to use it. If it were legal, TJ McGhee would have most likely been way to high to get off of his couch to go and kill someone for a bag of Spice. Florida and its justice system just want to keep the money rolling in so they keep Marijuana (plant made by God) illegal and Spice (chemicals sprayed on grass) legal.

  38. Show some respect. on November 8th, 2012 12:46 pm

    PLEASE remember, the parents of these two are going through enough, they really do not need to come on here and see all the judgements and accusations. They are caught, which means they don’t need an internet lynch mob. Brent’s mom is a very good lady, and she raised that boy the same way everyone else raises their kids, he is not a product of bad parenting. Everyone is so quick to post their judgements of these two, and about how they think it should be handled. Let’s remember that God is the only one that can judge anyone, and He also said that no one sin is better than another. Yes, these two really screwed up, and a man is dead because of it, and there is no excuse for that, but coming on here and posting with angry intentions is not the way to go, and it doesn’t change what has already happened.

    Just remember that these two boys are somebody’s babies, and the fact that they are in this kind of trouble is enough, their parents (moms especially) don’t need to come here and see all these negative comments about their children and family.

  39. Inshock on November 8th, 2012 12:18 pm

    I kno Tj and use to kick it with him….he was a great person before his life was taken over by drugs :/I Its sad that it come to this! !! What he did was wrong and he will pay for it as well as brent ….. Spice is sold at lots of convenience stores in fl its not outlawed there yet…….I dont do it had a friend who almost died from it …..It needs to be taken away but then they will jus turn to worse drugs on tha streets! PRAYIN FOR ALL INVOLVED

  40. Honest E. on November 8th, 2012 11:41 am

    As I sit here reading these comments about how bad drugs are; it makes me wonder how many of the commenters are sitting there drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and had a beer last night. Drugs are drugs. Just because it’s legal doesn’t change that fact.

  41. chingching on November 8th, 2012 10:55 am

    Spice is illegal in florida so why was he still selling it???

  42. STOP SELLING ILLEGAL CRAP!!!! on November 8th, 2012 10:21 am

    SPICE is ILLEGAL and the evidence is EVERYWHERE of how dangerous it is. STOP SELLING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, drugs are everywhere and the man did NOT deserve to die. BUT, the BOTTOM line in this ONE case is he would still be ALIVE ih he hadn’t had it in his store. COMMON SENSE….he was playing with fire. No excuse, everyone at this point should know the dangers of it.

  43. jb on November 8th, 2012 10:11 am

    so sorry for loss of life, so tragic BUT, if that establishment was selling spice they should be shut down forever

  44. God Is Love on November 8th, 2012 10:08 am

    To the Kroll Family: I’m so sorry that this unthinkable, heartless and vicious crime has hurt your family. And that this great Husband, father, grandfather has been taken from you. But I do hope that one day with God’s love you will be able to forgive these young men for what they’ve done. These young men know what happened that day and yes one did pull the trigger ( that took Mr. Kroll’s life). Was the trigger man on something already or was he extremely scared and pulled the trigger not meaning too. We don’t know. But God does. And he will forgive these young men if they ask for forgiveness. And to all that want them to hang by their toes or be given all the spice they need to kill themselves is WRONG!!!! So many of you are letting your hurt and anger say things that you shouldn’t be saying. Because like someone else sad, what would you do if this were your son or family member. All we can do is try and raise our kids the correct way and teach them right from wrong but sometimes that’s not enough. God allows Satan to work in our lives to try and tear us apart and sometimes he (Satan) succeeds. But it’s what we learn from it and how we overcome those things that makes us better. God knows what each of you say and you will be judged for that too. Let US all Pray for each family involved and may God have mercy on these two young men.

  45. Anonomous on November 8th, 2012 10:03 am

    These guy’s should be very ashamed of themselves for taking the life of a loving, and careing man. If they would have asked him for the money he would have gave it to them. They didn’t have to do what they did. I really hate that Mrs. Kathy had to loose her husband. I have known Mrs. Kathy and Mr. Tommy for a few years now and they were always careing. May God be with the Kroll’s Family each and every day <3

  46. Mike J. on November 8th, 2012 8:49 am

    @Henry, you are doing the same thing as Bob for your side, you are exploiting this tragedy to push the legalization of drugs. I would say that’s not a class act. Yes, alcohol too is a big problem with lots of people. It’s an addiction just like cigarettes and drugs. But we already have a big problem with drunk drivers killing other people. Laws pushish them after the fact, but people are still dead and lives are still destroyed because of alcohol and driving. Then you want to add pot smokers to this tragedy. Do you really want these people behind the wheel too? You can say that driving while under the infulence is illegal and they will be punished, but as I said the lives still get destroyed. Adding more legal substances to the driving population is NOT a good idea, in my opinion. Have a nice day and stay safe everyone!

  47. al on November 8th, 2012 8:48 am

    No, 2 men didn’t go in there and kill the poor man, one pulled out the gun and pulled the trigger. The other person (s) may not have even known he had a gun….the truth will eventually come out and I pray for all involved…but mostly for the man and his family who will have to live without their loved one for the rest of their lives. All places have drugs in their communities….doesn’t matter if they are large or small, and the law will never get a handle on it. It has to start in the home and in the schools.

  48. Captain Willard on November 8th, 2012 8:47 am

    Every thing I know about right and wrong, good v. evil I learned from Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. I don’t know where they went when they died but that is where I want to go.

  49. Martha Breceda on November 8th, 2012 8:24 am

    I’m so sorry for all the families involved , our prayers are for you all , we as parents can’t always control things , but it doesn’t change the fact that don’t love our children . I’m sorry for the loss of this husband also . God be all of your strength in the days ahead .

  50. OldPhoneRep on November 8th, 2012 8:22 am

    I am so glad that they have been caught. Unfortunately their trials and the family’s agony will drag on for years. Nothing will be speedy about their trials or their sentences if convicted. I know, because I have had family member murdered, and his murderer was convicted. You have to relive the horror every time there is a trial or an appeal. Please pray for this family and pray them during the years and long wait for justice to come.

  51. Martha Breceda on November 8th, 2012 8:12 am

    I’m just so sorry for both families , our prayers are for them all .

  52. robert whtton on November 8th, 2012 7:03 am

    I feel for all the families involved.ROY ROGERS stated DRUGS would be the downfall of this country. Drugs have negetive impacts on everyone reguardless if youre using,selling or a bystander.SO SAD.

  53. 429SCJ on November 8th, 2012 6:34 am

    @Henery Coe. One of the hurdles cannabis legalization has to clear is the powerful Liquor Lobby. Those people do not want the competition. Check out the last names (birth names) of the people in big liquor. You will get the picture.

  54. 429SCJ on November 8th, 2012 6:03 am

    Sandy Hollow appears to be a pleasant place to live. I would never have dreamed that a monster such as Lambeth could be roaming that area.

    William it would be great that as the case progresses, perhaps you could give us a mini bio on those two. I cannot help but wonder what went wrong, that made those two turn out as they did?

  55. Sonia Catrett Williams on November 8th, 2012 5:47 am

    My heart go’s out for the victem’s family, I am sorry for your loss. But I know both of these kids parents and they are good honest hard working people and my heart go’s out to them as well. I pray for each family, alot of pain for everyone all the way around.

  56. Larry on November 8th, 2012 4:57 am

    It was my understanding that the sell of spice was illegal. In either case, A wonderful man lost his life, and it does not matter why , it matters that it happened at all. Drug use, is not the only reason people kill other people. The families of both sides involved have had their lives changed forever, over one second of that it took to pull a trigger. Escambia county is my home. I have lived here all of my life. The violence and chaos that now settles over Escambia county is just as much the communities fault, for not standing up to the thugs and gang members. We turn our heads and say “I don’t want to get involved” well the day will come when it is you or your child that is in this same situation, then we will see how involved you get. I have had my share of dealing with the authorities, but It was 30 years ago and I learned my lesson. get involved, and report people if you even suspect some foul play may be going to occur. It is not just these 2 guys. Escambia county is over run with this kind of mindless violence.

  57. Randy on November 8th, 2012 4:53 am

    Crimes like this will continue to happen because there is no real punishment anymore. It’s free room and board,cable tv, basketball, baseball, 3 meals a day, etc.

  58. THE FACTS on November 8th, 2012 2:28 am

    That’s why I give FREE Narcotics classes. Over the past 11 years I have seen the effects of these drugs and do what I can do to make people aware of it. The fight is long and hard ( just a hammer hitting a mountain) and someone will come along and take my place one day to do the same. To make parents aware of this and hopefully cut it off before it gets this far. The best feeling is when you send someone through drug court ( THE BEST IN ESCAMBIA CO. AL) or rehab and you see them a year later and they say Thank You my life has changed. Then you know you did your job.

  59. Henry Coe on November 7th, 2012 11:24 pm

    @Facetious Bob, thanks for taking the time to exploit this tragedy to smear Liberals. You’re a class act.
    From a political perspective on society and drugs, we did have two states this election, Washington and Colorado legalize the personal use of Marijuana. That being said, if you support Liberty and personal freedom and unrestricted capitalism, then Legalizing drug or rather stopping their Prohibition in regard to the Constitution only makes sense.
    There are examples or lessons we can take from other counties that have done this and their drug and crime have dropped. They also have government health care that provides free drug treatment or rehab. Either way, those countries set it up where their drug users don’t get into desperate situations. They can fry their brains or go to a methadone clinic. We just need to rethink how we handle drugs and people with drug problems because how we do it is keeping us stuck in the same problems. By no means do I have all the answers for this non-political non-partisan problem, but our society is creating conflicts of interest in regard to trying to control drug use.
    Another point, with all the people that die from alcohol related problems, you’d think people would react the same as they do about Spice or other drugs, but Alcohol is legal and is the biggest gateway drug in our society. We need a different plan, but not a political football. Addiction is a non-partisan issue and Prohibition doesn’t work as a solution. There likely isn’t a cure for drug use in society, but we can be smarter about how we handle drugs to avoid people who are using getting to point of being in a crisis.

  60. atmore on November 7th, 2012 11:11 pm

    i have known tj since i was about 5 years old…. we grew up together and im almost 23 now and when i heard it happened i couldnt believe it. tj was a great person but over the last few years drugs had him by his throat. that is still no reason to kill someone. i really dont believe tj was in his right mind when he shot that man. but he shot and killed that man and now he will be punished. please everyone look at what drugs did…. its like a bad dream to me. my prayers go out to the store owners family and friends and also to tj’s family and friends.

  61. Debbie Still on November 7th, 2012 11:05 pm

    I agree with Tonya! I didn’t know TJ or Brent, But I do know TJ’s mother and his aunts. It’s tragic for them also. I pray for Mr Kroll and The young men’s family’s, it’s really such a tragedy for all involved. And no matter what Mr Knoll was selling he didn’t deserve to die for it. And TJ’s mom is a great woman, sometimes no matter how we raise our children they do things we are not proud of.

  62. Paula on November 7th, 2012 10:53 pm

    I know TJ and Brent, I also know their parents. And tonight I went to see one of those parents. She is a basket case. She is worried for her son and feels for Mr. Kroll and his family. I have never seen her this upset. And she is with good reason. But just to let you guys know out there, she looked at this website tonight. And I am sure eventually the other families will look also. You guys really need to take into consideration what you put on here. It hurts!! It hurt me hearing her read the comments outloud as she was crying. And also you were not there and did not know exactly what happened. I think Tonya Jordan said it well. “just remember GOD is our judge and not you and becareful the words you say about others because you never no when it may be your child or family member that is on here and people talking about them… Juat saying “. Thank you Tonya. Please pause for a moment and think about what you are about to post for all to see. It could be you, you never know. Praying for all that is involved.

  63. Jenny on November 7th, 2012 10:36 pm

    My mother in law called my husband last week scared because there were two men in her yard around 10:30 at night wearing hats. They ran off when the dog barked and she just happens to live on Sandy Hollow,which I just read is where one of these guys were. That’s really scary stuff.

  64. Bratt Resident on November 7th, 2012 10:16 pm

    This is such a sad and tragic story to hear about, I am praying for the loved ones of Mr.Krolls family and all of his friends, what a terrible thing to have happen to such a sweet man, I have been in that store before to buy a few lottery tickets and I remember this man was so very nice and helpfull, my heart goes out to his entire family especially his poor wife. I hope these boys ask for forgivness and are given the maximum punishment for this elderly man’s murder if they are guilty of this crime. This just breaks my heart to hear of such meaness in the world but seems worse when it hits close to home. :( These men should be ASHAMED and I hope they know what a heartless act they have done.

  65. melodies4us on November 7th, 2012 10:07 pm

    This is horrible. 2 murders in Escambia county in 1 day… both “invasions”. Is this what America has come to? There are murders everyday just in the Pensacola area. MIGHTY IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THERE LEADER.

  66. spicekills on November 7th, 2012 9:54 pm

    I doubt the store owner was clueless about spice. The bottom line is that Spice is highly addictive and very profitable. Drug dealing is a dangerous business.
    ECSO is doing a poor job of regulating the sale of spice because much of it is in fact illegal.

  67. TAKE ACTION NOW!!!! on November 7th, 2012 9:47 pm

    Listen….SPICE and ALL the other such drugs are just that ….DRUGS!!! And they were created and hadmade in ASIA and brought into our country without any reguard for the serious psycological effects these DRUGS certainley have on those who use them. Now , this crap is made and packaged anywhere and
    everywhere. Could be your own neighbor. EASY MONEY!!! And the LOVE of money is indeed the root of all EVIL. Florida lawmakers DID in fact make this stulff ILLEAGLE..BUT..those who make this stuff just change the DANGEROUS CHEMICALS they are spraying on the substance, so they can continue to sell it until that new chemical is also identified and placed on the illeagle list. Look people..this crap is nothing more than organic material that is sprayed with a liquid mixture of DANGEROUS chemicals, then packaged as POTTPOURI (air freshener) and marked on the packge: NOT INTENDED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. Now, this type of labeling is just to protect those who are making and packageing this stuff. WE NEED TO SHOW PROTEST TO THIS STUFF and DEMAND that is OUTLAWED immediatley …no matter the content and/or package labeling. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SHERRIFS DEPT. , STATE DEPT. of DRUG ENFORCEMENT, County Commissioners, State Representitive , etc. and PROTEST now and save our communities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. Tammy on November 7th, 2012 9:32 pm

    Thanks for telling me its Bath salt!!!! They should have been working,,,, so they are not good boys now they may have been years ago,,,, prison here they come ,,,

  69. Facetious Bob on November 7th, 2012 9:31 pm

    The liberals and the libertarians have stated if drugs were “LEGALIZED” we would have no more problems. Everybody would have a kum-ba-ya life style, and we all would be happy ever after. Lord help us all.

  70. Gus on November 7th, 2012 9:01 pm

    Who cares what he was selling in his store, spice or any other drug, two pathetic individuals walked in and shot this innocent man for no reason…. There is no reason for anyone to have to justify what they are selling if they own their own business, everyone is out to make a living. I feel for his family and I hope these two losers pay for the rest of their pathetic lives…

  71. john on November 7th, 2012 8:25 pm

    Stop it right now this man didnt do anything wrong.he lost his life and stop blaming the government.they choose to do this no one else now its time for them to pay for they’re actions and god bless that mans family give them comfort

  72. Russ on November 7th, 2012 8:15 pm

    To the Kroll family I send my prayers to you. To these two boys they need a lot of prayers. I remember when I was kid my parents bowled on a league at Echo. Mr. Kroll was a great man. My the good lord be with this family at this time.

  73. old teacher on November 7th, 2012 8:09 pm

    OMG Brent, what in the world happened to you??? You were one of the best, nicest kids I knew…I am LITERALLY in shock over this….

  74. Inquiring minds wanted to know on November 7th, 2012 7:50 pm

    Here’s an explanation of what “Spice” is:

    http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/spice-synthetic-marijuana

  75. jesse on November 7th, 2012 7:46 pm

    I thought that spice was taken off of shelves. Evidently not at the O yes Lotto. I pray for the Kroll family and the accused families. However I do wonder how a man who would help anybody sell something that destroys lives. These two young men will pay for this crime. At the least they will serve life in prison if convicted.

  76. 429SCJ on November 7th, 2012 7:19 pm

    I wonder what they were thinking. I agree that spice is bad news, but those two have more problems than just spice.

    Robbery was bad enough, but to kill Mr Kroll for a ticket to death row. I guess that is what they wanted and that which they most certainly deserve and are most likely to recieve.

  77. oo on November 7th, 2012 7:17 pm

    praying for the kroll family.

    @regular Joe
    stores sale what sales… if you owned a.business it would be the same way.
    people in this world are going absolutely crazy!
    i hope someday all these random people aren’t allowed to.just carry gin around. this world is scary!
    these boys are obviously up to.no good at 1:30 they should have been working.
    all you people saying these are good people… no no they are not bc if it were my child he would be going tp college or working at age 20/24

  78. know accused on November 7th, 2012 7:15 pm

    Okay people, stop feeling sorry for the sorry dope heads that killed this innocent man. NO MATTER WHAT HE SOLD HE DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE!! I have know the accused for some time and while they may b good kids at one point , now they are doing the devils work. The ppl that robbed that place and took a precious life ate no longer the kind kids once known, they are junkies and need to fry.. believe me , in a recovering addict of 4 years and ITS STUPID TO EVEN ASSUME THEY DID THIS FOR SPICE.. METH, CRACK, COKE BUT NOT SPICE. Im praying for the family of the victim and that the courts have no mercy for the accused!!!

  79. Sandra on November 7th, 2012 6:57 pm

    “But TJ is a kid that I have known all of his life and he is a good kid and come from a great family”

    Jeffrey Dalmer was a good kid too, he just liked killing black kids and eating their organs. He came from a great family as well.

    I hope they both get the needle

  80. mick on November 7th, 2012 6:56 pm

    If in fact they are responsible for this crime, a swift trial and the death sentence is in order…sorry excuses for human beings…

  81. Damion on November 7th, 2012 6:26 pm

    Well thank the goverment for filling shelves & putting drugs out there to be sold anyway.. they should have never let the spice or fake drug get that out of hand , Then take it away long after the deathes & all other health issues that will come from it. These boys are just a few people that use spice, out so many others that use it. They made so much money off it every place that it was sold. 30 bucks for a very small amount like a few joints . What a shame that a public place is where a drug deal can go bad. My prayers go out to the Families of the ones involed. Just remember this type of drug is used alot by young people that are still in high school. >Tammy the drug you are talking about in your comment is Called -Bath Salt .<. If you child is acting strange and falling asleep alot its spice . Some call it (Legal ) Mary Jane .

  82. Traditional on November 7th, 2012 6:22 pm

    Unless I missed it within the post, I do not see their ages listed.
    However, as sad as it is that the owner lost his life over a product that should NOT be on the shelves to begin with, it’s equally sad that these two have to pay for what they did to another person. May God be with these families. But please let’s do all we can to shut down businesses that sell these type of products. Nothing God can come from it. Educate your children on why these products are so deadly not to just them but others as Mr. Kroll.

  83. downtown don on November 7th, 2012 6:19 pm

    Spice??? Why in the world would this man of character sell a synthetic drug product that is known to destroy lives? Very sad for all involved.
    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.

  84. Christy on November 7th, 2012 6:18 pm

    Spice is suppose to be similar to Mary j but supposedly does show in urine test but bath salt is the stuff causing zombie like side effects. Praying for the families involved a sad thing.

  85. Janet on November 7th, 2012 6:13 pm

    I’ve never heard of the drug called spice… does it ever end. Just last week I read about a new drug called smile…drugs are everywhere and it’s not safe to be on the streets anymore even in daylight!

  86. dick tracy on November 7th, 2012 6:12 pm

    Yea, I’ll pray for them………pray they never get back into society again…….pray they’ll pay for what they did…….

  87. tired of idiots on November 7th, 2012 5:42 pm

    what a tragedy in our community, and a comment posted about the accused is “tj is a good kid and comes from a great family” umm… obviously not a “good kid” and if my family had done this i would feel the same way – hang em Jack, they arent doing any good in society

  88. sad on November 7th, 2012 5:39 pm

    This is very sad to hear! Praying for all the families involved in this incident! I know TJ personnel and can’t believe he is involved in this and was extremely shocked to hear the news he was picked up for this! He may have been in trouble before but never would have expect him to murder someone! Just don’t know what to think of all this! May God be with them all!

  89. RegularJoe on November 7th, 2012 5:32 pm

    It is truly a shame that this man lost his life, and his family has lost him, But, he chose to supply the “Spice”. These boys were willing to kill for it,as are many more out there. It’s the nature of the Beast! If a person chooses to sell this stuff, knowing what it’s doing, then it’s on them. Pray for the families of all involved!!

  90. Carmen on November 7th, 2012 5:21 pm

    Hope they both never see day light again.

  91. Tonya Jordan on November 7th, 2012 5:17 pm

    My heart is sad for the Kroll family and you are in my prayers, But TJ is a kid that I have known all of his life and he is a good kid and come from a great family and I no that are going thou a lot to at this time so please let us pray for all of them.. The McGhee, Kroll, and the Lamberh family you are all in my prayers and people just remember GOD is our judge and not you and becareful the words you say about others because you never no when it may be your child or family member that is on here and people talking about them… Juat saying

    praying for all……………

  92. Resident on November 7th, 2012 5:13 pm

    Sad all the way around. We need to remember these kids’ families also, they are victims in this too.

  93. Spicekills on November 7th, 2012 5:12 pm

    Probably never would of happened that store didn’t sell spice. Spice is destroying lives everywhere … Why would a store in the middle of Gods country want to deal in that????

  94. Tammy on November 7th, 2012 5:10 pm

    Put them in a room and give them all the spice that they need to die,, or kill each other,, don’t that make you do DUMB stuff,, like eat someones face,,,????

  95. NotAgain on November 7th, 2012 5:00 pm

    “…Kroll’s business was specifically targeted by Lambeth and McGhee because of previous purchases of “Spice” and that the due “intended on robbing the store of more Spice that day”.”

    So, does this mean this incident is drug-related?

  96. Escambia Resident on November 7th, 2012 4:55 pm

    Praise the Lord!!! I hope any evidence is tight and sticks.





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