Archive for Saturday, September 13, 2003

Defendant guilty of attempted murder

20-year-old also convicted of sexual battery, burglary, intimidation

September 13, 2003


A jury on Friday rejected the argument that a Lawrence man was so high on PCP that he didn't know what he was doing when he shot a woman three times last November.

Jurors found 20-year-old Antonio E. Floyd guilty of attempted first-degree murder, sexual battery, aggravated burglary and aggravated intimidation of a witness. He faces roughly 50 years in prison, on top of a 17-year federal sentence he's serving now for possession with intent to sell crack cocaine.

Floyd stood silently and turned his head to the side as a bailiff read the verdict. Some of his family members sobbed out loud.

At the time of the shooting, Floyd was free on bond in the federal drug case.

The victim, who survived gunshot wounds to her eye, head, neck and chest, has said she thought Floyd shot her because he didn't want her to testify against him in the drug case. She testified Floyd came to her home in the 1500 block of Haskell Avenue early on the morning of Nov. 5, 2002, fondled her, put on a pair of black gloves, then smirked as he shot her.

Ken McRae, Floyd's attorney, argued his client was so high on "wet sticks" -- cigarettes dipped in PCP -- that he didn't know what he was doing during the attack.

Jurors deliberated for roughly seven hours before reaching the verdict.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 17 in Douglas County District Court.

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