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TIFTON -- Jury selection is expected to begin Monday to hear the case of a Sylvester man charged with the October 15, 2000 shooting death of an 18-year-old Tifton man.

Calvin Dewayne Alexander, 18, died after receiving multiple gunshot wounds in a confrontation with three men at approximately 4 a.m. on Old Omega Road near Cypress Street.

Three men were charged with Alexander's murder. Jeffery Arnes Crutchfield, who was 20 at the time of his arrest, is expected to be tried in Tift Superior Court early next week.

Two other men, who were allegedly in the vehicle when the shooting occurred, were also charged with murder. Those two defendants, Lester Mills and Leon Anderson of Sylvester, are expected to testify at Crutchfield's trial.

According to an article in the Oct. 17, 2000, edition of The Tifton Gazette, Tifton Police Department criminal investigators stated in a press release that they had learned there was "some type of a conflict" between the subjects involved while they were at a nightclub in Sylvester.

"The homicide victim ... came back to Tifton after the conflict in Sylvester. While Mr. Alexander and some friends were standing outside an Old Omega Road, the other males they had earlier problems with rode by them in a vehicle ...

"Investigators were able to learn that another confrontation occurred between Mr. Alexander and the three males in he car that resulted in Alexander being shot."

The press release did not state which of the men shot Alexander or whether any weapon had been found.

Anderson was also charged with obstruction of a police officer and hindering apprehension of a criminal. He is being held at a Georgia detention center.

Local attorney David Bryan, Crutchfield's defense attorney, filed a motion in March to change the venue of the trial to another county, citing an article published by The Tifton Gazette on July 1, 2001. Bryan's motion stated that "... statements reported by said newspaper constitute prejudicial statements against the Defendant and has placed before the prospective jurors in this case information incompetent as evidence and creates great risk that such jurors have been prejudiced against Defendant."

No ruling has been made on Bryan's motion.



To contact reporter Angie Thompson, call 382-4321, ext. 208.



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