Affidavit: Christmas Eve shooting suspect confessed to killing ex-wife
Jan 12, 2013 (Odessa American - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
When the 39-minute chase ended and officers arrested L.C. Davis Jr., a suspect in a homicide was caught without anybody else getting hurt. For the first time, search warrants released this week reveal what happened next.
Sitting in an interrogation room inside the Odessa Police Department, Davis waived his Miranda rights before a detective and a Texas Ranger, the warrants state, and he admitted killing his estranged wife Venesta Davis and shooting her son on Christmas Eve in the 300 block of South Dixie Boulevard. The documents also state L.C. Davis Jr. admitted to stealing a car a few days later in Odessa, and from that the window of that car, firing a single shot at Midland police before his gun jammed.
Previous documents stated L.C. Davis Jr. confessed the killing to a 42-year-old nephew in the hours after the homicide. The search warrants quote his comments in full: "I will never see you again, and I love you. I just killed that bitch."
Family members mourned the loss of Venesta Davis, 50, on Jan. 2 at Highland and Bunche St. Church of Christ. She was a mother of four and an employee of the Subway on Eighth Street who loved to fish.
Around that time, family members said Andrew Thurman, critically wounded by a gunshot to the head, was doing better in the hospital, and a few days later he was no longer listed as a patient.
L.C. Davis Jr., 55, remained Friday in Ector County Detention Center, charged with seven felonies, including murder, aggravated assault and the aggravated assault of a peace officer. He is being held without bond.
Before the homicide, L.C. Davis Jr. had been twice convicted of serious assaults against women. He completed a 20-year prison term in 2008, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It was his punishment for attempting to murder an ex-girlfriend in 1988 and for beating another woman years earlier.
Contact Corey Paul on Twitter @OAcrime on Facebook at OA Corey Paul or call 432-333-7768.
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