Lottery Store Murder Suspect Won’t Waive Extradition; Court Date For Other Suspect

November 14, 2012

One suspect in the murder of a Davisville lottery store owner remains in an Alabama jail a week after his arrest, while the second suspect is due in a Florida courtroom later this month.

Malcolm Troy McGhee, Jr., 24, was arrested during the early morning hours of November 7 in Escambia County, Alabama, and booked into the Escambia County (Ala.) Detention Center in Brewton. Authorities said Tuesday McGhee refused to waive extradition — meaning that a hearing will have to be held in Alabama before he can be returned to Escambia County, Florida, to face a murder charge. McGhee remains in the Brewton jail on a fugitive from justice warrant from Escambia County, Florida.

Brent Dewayne Lambeth, age 20 of Atmore, was arrested the afternoon of November 7 by a U.S. Marshals Task Force at or near a trailer in a wooded area on Sandy Hollow Road near Walnut Hill. He is being held in the Escambia County (Fla.) Jail without bond. Lambeth has been declared indigent by the court and will be appointed a public defender. He is due to appear in court November 29 for an arraignment hearing before Judge Ross Goodman, according to court records.

Both men are facing charges of  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 a robbery about 1:30 p.m. on November 6.

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.

Pictured top: The owner of the State Line O’ Yes Lotto on Highway 97 was killed during an exchange of gunfire on November 6. Pictured below: Suspect Brent Dewayne Lambeth, was taken into custody at or near this mobile home on Sandy Hollow Road in Walnut Hill. photos, click to enlarge.


33 Responses to “Lottery Store Murder Suspect Won’t Waive Extradition; Court Date For Other Suspect”

  1. Really on November 21st, 2012 6:28 am

    Please everyone needs something to blame. Lets get real these two made a decision to go rob this man and kill him they should fry STOP blaming spice or rice or dice they are not good people they suck

  2. TJ's Mom on November 16th, 2012 10:56 pm

    TJ did wrong and will be punished for it!!!!!!!!!!!! Just wanted everyone to know the facts about the picture( mugshot ) !!!!!!!!!!! The only judgement anyone should be worried about is God’s!!!!!!!! Thankful for forgiveness!!!!!!!!

  3. William on November 16th, 2012 10:40 pm

    >>>The mugshot of TJ that is now showing was not taken for this arrest!!!!!!! This was taken when he was in jail for a public intoxication charge!!!!!

    The mugshot of Mr. McGhee in this story was provided by the Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office on November 13, six days after his arrest. They did not specify that it was not a recent mugshot.

  4. TJ's Mom on November 16th, 2012 8:29 pm

    To whom it may concern…….The mugshot of TJ that is now showing was not taken for this arrest!!!!!!! This was taken when he was in jail for a public intoxication charge!!!!!!!!! I can assure you he is not smirking or smiling about any of this!!!!!!!!! Hope that no one ever has to walk in my shoes!!!!!!! Hurting and Heartbroken for all of my family and the other families involved in this horrible tragedy!!!!!!!!!!!! Praying for everyone involved!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. David Huie Green on November 16th, 2012 7:43 pm

    I try.

  6. Mark on November 16th, 2012 2:55 pm

    Thank you David!

  7. David Huie Green on November 16th, 2012 12:24 pm

    “@ Mark:”
    “Where’s the incentive to NOT do the crime?”

    “Going to jail?…”

    No, he meant if the policy of forgiving all offenses were instituted. Those who act like all crimes are required by Jesus to be forgiven by the injured parties if carried to the logical conclusion would allow all crimes to continue unhindered and the killers, rapists and thieves to have a wunnerful time.

    There would be no jail time, no fines, no punishment of the guilty, only of the innocent.

    David for understanding

  8. Matt on November 16th, 2012 6:50 am

    @ Mark:

    “Where’s the incentive to NOT do the crime?”

    Going to jail?…

  9. John on November 15th, 2012 4:18 pm

    These individuals will be punished for what they did

  10. hmmm...just read the comment!!!! on November 15th, 2012 3:45 pm

    Why would you have a smile on your face after doing such a horrible crime? Heartless? Selfish…..or just PLAIN STUPID?

  11. Mark on November 15th, 2012 3:16 pm


    It’s attitudes like that that give people incentive to “break laws”

    “Heck, they’re just going to forgive me, might as well steal everything you own, commit rape, kill a child, whatever, because you are just going to forgive me!”

    Where’s the incentive to NOT do the crime?

  12. Someone on November 15th, 2012 12:11 pm

    I went to school with Brent, and never in a MILLION years did I think he would do something like this. The Brent I knew was a good person, and would have never hurt anyone. I’m beyond disappointed.

  13. ashley on November 15th, 2012 10:32 am

    My heart is sad for both ever know matter what they have done we are all children of God…everyone of you that judge it could easily happen could have easily been your child doing this or your father whatever the reason its not u to judge you can not number the number of hairs on ones head and u r not God these two boys can easily be forgiven and enter into heaven Jesus came for sinners to repentance …..withwhat u judge it shall be judged of u …. I pray for both family and for their souls …I know Brent and my heart is sad that he has got hisself caught up in a terrible situation like this one..I agree they should have never been in that store trying to rob it in the first place but what’s don’t is done no one can go back now we must pray and believe that God will heal the pain

  14. David Huie Green on November 15th, 2012 10:17 am

    “However, as a society we all share blame by providing young people easy access to all these mind altering drugs. ”

    So society did it, not individuals?
    Society didn’t spend billions of dollars trying unsuccessfully to make mind altering drugs unavailable?

    A man who gets up, kisses his wife and kids, goes to work, comes home, minds his own business is societally responsible because the drug dealer down the street is selling drugs to the druggie who comes to him for a fix?

    The teachers who teach the harmful effects of drugs are responsible because of the actions of drug dealers and druggies and their decisions to ignore their teachings?

    The preachers who preach against defiling the Lord’s temple, the human body, are responsible for the actions of those who chose to ignore their advice?

    Look, if you want to help those who have chosen to enslave themselves to addiction, that is fine, but blaming the Mennonites, the Buddhists and the rest of us for their self-induced enslavement simply seems wrong to me.

    In fact, if you wanted to blame the murder on desire for drugs, perhaps you should blame those who don’t give them away free to the druggies. After all, they surely wouldn’t shoot for what they could have for free. Yes? No?

    David for clear vision

  15. kwirght on November 15th, 2012 8:35 am

    What benefit is there to fighting extradition. Does he honestly think that Alabama is not going to give him up to Florida. Here is to a speedy trial with a death sentence verdict.

  16. bewildered on November 15th, 2012 7:33 am

    David Huie Green, I always enjoy your refreshing comments. I also believe in personal responsibility – the lack thereof in today’s society causes the breakdown we are experiencing today in all aspects of our daily lives. However, as a society we all share blame by providing young people easy access to all these mind altering drugs. I have never forgotten a news story years ago. Turkey executed a young American for dealing heroin in their country. His mother contacted everybody here in the US and begged the news media for help. In vain – swift punishment after the conviction. I clearly remember her saying: “Yes, he was told upon entering Turkey that the punishment for dealing drugs was death by execution – but for heavens sake would you think they actually do it”?

  17. David Huie Green on November 15th, 2012 1:24 am

    “Escambia County Florida Court System, get busy and try to HELP these young people. ”

    After all WE caused them to start using drugs, right?
    WE forced them to commit armed robbery and murder people, right?
    It’s all OUR fault, right?

    I feel so guilty.

    David for personal responsibility
    not blaming society for OUR decisions

  18. Todd on November 14th, 2012 10:25 pm

    I agree with what Mom posted. Why let them sit there years getting fat and costing the state money. Give them the same consideration they gave the old man…none. Or if they gotta wait for years, work them so hard they would be pleased to see the death chamber. I hope someone wipes that smirk off that punks face real soon.

  19. Anon on November 14th, 2012 2:40 pm

    @Sam said: “Oh by the way – Me – Spice has been illegal in Florida for a while now so you may want to get the correct information prior to posting. Maybe all the weed you want to legalize is going to your brain.”

    He said with a cigarette hanging from his lips, and a beer in his hand.

  20. Marcus on November 14th, 2012 2:12 pm

    Both should get the fast track to the electric chair.

    “Oh he got caught up with the wrong people…”

    How many times have we heard that excuse?

    “He got caught up in drugs and was massed up when he did it…”

    Some laws are frivilous and shouldn’t exist, some are borderline wether they should be amendeded off of state law but any excuse or rationalization for murder is hogwash. Make an example of these two to set precedent for other to fry.

  21. Sam on November 14th, 2012 1:27 pm

    I hope they both get a death sentence. To take a man’s life over fake weed is just a shame and so senseless. They did not have to shoot that poor man. They made a choice. I hope old “bubba” has many years of fun wiping that smirk off of TJ’s face. The girlfriend who has yet to be arrested, rolled on her boyfriend to save her own skin, plain and simple. Had they not killed him, I wonder if she would have still told on them.

    Oh by the way – Me – Spice has been illegal in Florida for a while now so you may want to get the correct information prior to posting. Maybe all the weed you want to legalize is going to your brain.

  22. mom on November 14th, 2012 1:23 pm

    sad thing is, we will pay for their room and board for the next 20 + years…that’s how long it will take to get them in the chair

  23. Patriot on November 14th, 2012 1:20 pm

    There seems to be much confusion from many of the readers over the Florida law on “spice”.
    It is ILLEGAL. Possession of more than 3 grams is a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
    Rather than relying on legal advice on the “Internet”, I would suggest that you refer to FSS 893.03 or consult an attorney or the Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit.
    Choose wisely.

  24. karrie on November 14th, 2012 1:13 pm

    Drugs don’t make u kill someone…evil within thats what murders people

  25. dsd on November 14th, 2012 12:35 pm

    Lady, you can’t rehabilitate someione who does not want to be rehabilitated.

  26. ME on November 14th, 2012 11:20 am

    Spice is legal in Fl, so not much u can do about that. It gives a feeling of marijuana but some brands are stronger than others. Some of that stuff is pertty crazy. As for the CI One of there GF was with them and rolled over on them. (cant blame her) We just need to follow Colorados lead and legalize weed. It is way less harmful, could be taxed, and would lead to the state spending less money on potheads and more on killers and rapist.

  27. mother on November 14th, 2012 8:22 am

    Spice is illegal in Alabama, it it a felony. I spoke to an Escambia County Florida police officer and he told me it became illegal in Florida as of October 1st. The law was made so anything imitating marijuana is now illegal. Store owners have to have a moral obligation not to sell anything like this. People bought this stuff because it was legal at the time. Especially young adults and teenagers, they did not know how addictive and harmful it really is. They thought because you can by it it must be regulated. I have seen it change kids I have known for years, their looks, their attitudes, good kids. I have seen the pain of their parents. Noone deserves to die and I feel terrible for the families. These two guys will pay the price for their actions no doubt.

  28. Bob on November 14th, 2012 8:09 am

    Let it be known to all, when you step across the Florida Line and do any kind of crime with a handgun you will pay a supreme price. Mcghee may have thought he might be invincible because of being a rebel rouser in the community where where he comes from but in the end he had better give his heart to God , thats all he has left in his life.

  29. Lady on November 14th, 2012 8:02 am

    I think the people in the North end of the county better wake up and see what we can do about something like this being sold when it is illegal a few yards from where this happened. Our youth need help and I think our law enforcement in Florida is only looking for ways to get more money for the court system than by trying to STOP illegal activities. The NORTH end of Escambia needs to have facilities that downtown Pensacola (Escambia County) has, i.e., drug rehab programs that our young people can be required to go WITHOUT HAVING TO FIND A WAY TO PENSACOLA when they don’t have any money for gas for rehab. We are in sad shape in our end of the County because if these young people had a facility to be housed in up here to get rehabilitated it would keep down some of the drug problems we have. If they don’t have money to buy drugs, then they will resort doing what the ones above did. What’s wrong with establishing our old court house (Billy Ward) to house drug rehabilitation programs like they have 65 miles away in Pensacola? I was looking at the tax bill on our properties and law enforcement is getting the largest proportion but only to arrest our youth and NOT try and rehabiltate them. I want to do something to educate our youth about what drugs will do so we don’t have the occurrence we had last week. I’m sorry for the family of the man that was killed but WHY WAS HE SELLING THIS DRUG WITHIN A FEW FEET OF ALABAMA WHERE IT IS ILLEGAL? Didn’t he care? His relative made a statement sa;ying these young people had been in many times to buy this drug. How many more have become addicted to it buying it at this facility? Escambia County Florida Court System, get busy and try to HELP these young people. We need a rehab center where these young people can be put in to rehab these with drug problems who cannot pay an enormous amount of money for this care. Put some of the money you collect in the courts to some good use and do this.

  30. me on November 14th, 2012 6:34 am

    Let the chair take that smug grin off his face he wont be smiling then. To bewildered even the spice that is so called legal is bad.all of it should be illegal what is wrong with our government to allow this crap on shelves our youth do not stand a chance here on earth. And dont blame ur greed to get high on killing this man take ur punishment just be sure u get right with God he will forgive you he is kinder than some of us

  31. bewildered on November 14th, 2012 5:05 am

    As a senior citizen I am not up to speed on drugs. Several previous commenters indicated that the spice sold by Mr. Kroll at this particular location was legal. . I am sure many parents and grandparents wonder how many varieties of spice are on the market and what is legal and what is not? Can anyone enlighten the older folks?

  32. 429SCJ on November 14th, 2012 1:43 am

    When I read the words “recieved information from confidential sources”, I can only conclude that these two must have engaged others in conversation regarding the murder/robbery.

    Reasoning or a lack thereof, what can you say, their actions in this tragic occurance say it all. I can see the defense using the argument that they were high on the spice drug and not in control of their faculties ect.

  33. wouldntuliketokno on November 14th, 2012 1:32 am

    Tj …..u should feel ashamed of urslef….and aure shouldnt have a grin on ur face!!!

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