By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Kendrell Monta Madison, the only person charged in the August 5 beating death of a Baldwin County man whose vehicle struck and killed Madison’s niece, has been released from the Escambia County Detention Center (ECDC).
ECDC officials reported that Madison, 39, was released shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, September 28, when a $500,000 bond was posted on his behalf. He was initially held without bond, but District Court Judge Eric Coale granted the surety amount during a hearing held last week.
Madison, who is charged with murder, is accused of slamming Kenneth Elbert Harrison, 45, of Silverhill, head-first into the ground after learning that Harrison had hit his niece, 24-year-old Hannah Martin. Martin was crossing U.S. 31 just before midnight, heading to The Tavern of Atmore, a local bar, when she was mortally injured.
Harrison, who stopped to help the wounded woman, was so badly injured that police at first thought he had been attacked by several people, and there were reports that Harrison was beaten with a pool cue.
A police investigation determined that Madison was the only person who assaulted Harrison, who died four days later, and that no pool cues or other weapons were used.