Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Gang Related Murders In Texarkana

Testimony began on Monday as a jury was selected for the trial of Cedric Alexander, a Tennessee resident accused of involvement in a series of crimes organized by leaders of the Texarkana-based gang, Loyalty Cash Business.
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Testimony began on Monday as a jury was selected for the trial of Cedric Alexander, a Tennessee resident accused of involvement in a series of crimes organized by leaders of the Texarkana-based gang, Loyalty Cash Business.

33 year old, Alexander faces multiple charges related to his alleged orchestration of shootings in 2020 and 2021, resulting in the deaths of Jermaine Aldridge and Joseph Hawkins, as outlined in probable cause affidavits.

In proceedings overseen by 5th District Judge Bill Miller at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston, a jury comprising five men and seven women was selected on Monday.

The case unfolds against a backdrop where Alexander, along with several others associated with Loyalty Cash Business (LCB), faces racketeering charges linked to the gang’s illicit activities.

According to allegations, Alexander and co-defendant Cornell Brown traveled from Memphis to Texarkana to carry out the fatal attack on Aldridge in December 2020, and once more in July 2021 to eliminate Hawkins.

Aldridge’s was gunned down outside a Texarkana Chili’s restaurant, where he had stepped out to take a phone call. Allegedly, Courtney Hope, a leader and co-founder of LCB, accused Aldridge’s of stealing $100,000 in illicit proceeds. The fatal shooting took place in the restaurant’s parking lot, with cell phone records purportedly indicating Alexander and Brown’s rapid retreat back to Tennessee, averaging 94 miles per hour immediately following the incident.

Hope, already serving a 40-year prison sentence as part of a plea agreement on charges related to racketeering, drug trafficking, and the murders of Aldridge and Hawkins, looms over the case.

The events of July 15, 2021, saw Alexander allegedly involved in the shooting of Hawkins, who was seated in a car on W. 3rd St. in Texarkana, Texas, sustaining injuries to his face and neck. Alexander, along with another individual from Memphis, was apprehended near the scene of the shooting.

If found guilty, Alexander faces the prospect of life in prison. Representing the state are First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp and Assistant District Attorney Katie Carter, while Alexander is defended by Texarkana attorney Jeff Harrelson and Little Rock attorney Tabitha Branch.