Update: Suspect Arrested For Murder; Body Discovered Along Cantonment Dirt Road

April 29, 2017

UPDATE—-Cordarone Deon Gross, age 26 of Cantonment, has been charged with manslaughter for the death of 25-year old Donnie Lee Johnson. A second person of interest was questioned and released without being charged.


A man’s body was discovered next to a Cantonment road Saturday morning, and his death is currently being treated as a homicide, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

The body of  25-year old Donnie Lee Johnson was discovered in the 200 block of River Annex Road off Muscogee Road, according to Maj. Andrew Hobbs. Johnson’s death is currently being treated as homicide.

Johnson’s body was discovered along the dirt road north of Adventures Unlimited, within a few hundred feet of the railroad crossing. A cause of death has not been released.

Two persons of interest are in custody and are being questioned in the death, Hobbs said. Charges were not immediately filed against either individual as the investigation continued. Hobb said no other suspects are at large.

More information will be posted as it become available in this developing story.

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5 Responses to “Update: Suspect Arrested For Murder; Body Discovered Along Cantonment Dirt Road”

  1. Legal realism on April 30th, 2017 9:14 am

    Manslaughter is an unlawful killing that doesn’t involve malice aforethought—intent to seriously harm or kill, or extreme, reckless disregard for life. Gross, age 26 of Cantonment, has been charged with manslaughter .

    Semantics – seems two individuals with criminal history caught up in conflict, with both intent on surviving the hostile intent of the other – most likely from being involved in illegal activity. Someone is dead and there is no malice involved? Murder is murder.

  2. erica on April 29th, 2017 9:35 pm

    Well judging by the extremely long records of both men with charges ranging from cocaine to robbery that explains what probably happened here. The sad part is one of these days an innocent citizen will get caught up in being in the wrong place at the wrong time just by standing in their own yard.

  3. Tabitha on April 29th, 2017 9:31 pm

    I grew up on muscogee rd. This is so sad. This generation of people just sicken me. Their lazy, greedy, disrespectful and just down right ridicoulous.

  4. Dora on April 29th, 2017 6:37 pm

    Wow! I’ve been stuck on that road at night and had to call a tow truck. Theres no telling anymore wahat could go on there. Sad!!

  5. CATHY Shelby on April 29th, 2017 3:14 pm