Four Teens Charged With Capital Murder of 61 Year Old Man in “Drug Rip Off” in Pensacola

PENSACOLA, FL – The Escambia Sheriff’s Office has arrested four juveniles suspected of murdering a 61-year-old man last week and injuring another in an apparent drug deal gone bad.

Deputies arrested Javarius Cordell Henderson DOB: 3/17/06, Jesse L’Amos Snowden DOB: 11/11/05, Cedric Antonio Young Jr. DOB: 11/09/03, Calvin Barnard Williams Jr. DOB: 3/17/03.

The ECSO responded to the 900-block of Massachusetts Avenue on January 22nd, 2021 in reference to a shooting. Once on scene deputies found a truck that had crashed into a power pole. Inside the truck was 61-year-old Samuel Thomley, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. A second gunshot victim was located and was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Based on a preliminary investigation, ECSO Major Crime Unit Investigators believe this incident was drug-related. A drug rip-off ending in homicide.

Four juvenile suspects have been arrested and charged with homicide during shooting. Javarius Cordell Henderson, 14-years-old, was charged with capital murder, Jesse L’Amos Snowden, 15-years-old, charged with capital murder and attempted homicide, Cedric Antonio Young Jr., 17-years-old, was charged with capital murder, attempted homicide, escape and resisting without violence and Calvin Barnard Williams, 17-years-old, has been charged with homicide.

“Sadly, this is another example of the type of drug related violence we battle here in Escambia County. These four arrests were made thanks to the hard work and dedication of the ECSO Investigators, who have spent tireless hours on this case.” – Sheriff Chip Simmons.

This investigation is ongoing, anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP or the ECSO at 850-436-9620.