|Two arrests in beating over pills|
|The Press - News|
|Written by Jim McGauley|
|Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:15|
A Sanderson couple is charged with felonies in the beating of another man the evening of June 12 on Bill Davis Rd.
Warrants were issued following the incident for William (Clay) Davis, 42, and Selena Roberts, 39, who both reside at the same address on Mallie Davis Rd. not far from where Mr. Davis allegedly beat his cousin Jerry Davis, 30, of Glen St. Mary.
Mr. Davis turned himself in at county jail and Ms. Roberts was arrested at her residence.
The victim, who was treated at Fraser Hospital for multiple lacerations to the head, told Deputy Patrick McGauley he arranged to meet with Ms. Roberts that evening near the intersection with Reid Stafford Rd.
When he was dropped off by a relative, Mr. Davis said he entered a waiting 2005 Hyundai occupied by Ms. Roberts, and she drove a short distance before stopping and exiting the vehicle, explaining she “lost her phone.”
The victim then said his cousin exited the trunk where he had been hiding and began beating him about the head with a ratchet handle, both while he remained in the car and after he exited and was knocked to the ground.
Deputy McGauley noted that Jerry Davis was bleeding from both his ears and eyes, and various parts of his head. He refused transport by rescue to Fraser, and later was taken there by a private vehicle.
Jerry Davis also said the two assailants took a bottle containing 60 Oxycodone pills from his pants pocket and tossed it to the roadside. When it was recovered, it had three pills in it.
The officer also spoke with Kayla Thompson, 23, of Sanderson, who said she and the victim had been staying at William Davis’ residence. Both suspects returned there after the incident, and she said William Davis was “covered in blood” as was the passenger side of the Hyundai.
She quoted suspect Davis as saying he returned home to retrieve clothing and “had to leave because the cops were coming.”
Suspect Davis later spoke over the telephone to sheriff’s investigator Mike Hauge and admitted to striking his cousin, but insisted it was in self-defense after Jerry Davis cut him on the hand with a knife.
William Davis admitted to hiding in the trunk, and told the investigator his cousin had often attempted to lure Ms. Roberts into taking drugs with him.
Both he and Ms. Roberts are charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
In other incidents, a Sanderson man was struck in the leg by a shotgun pellet while he slept early on June 17 at his residence on Tony Givens Rd.
Deputy Koty Crews said the injury to Brandon Coleman, 24, was minor and his girlfriend Leeadriea Farmer, 29, who was sleeping nearby was not struck. Two children were also at the residence when the incident occurred about 3:30 am but were in another room.
Deputy Crews said he heard another gunshot to the east of the address while he was interviewing the victim. A witness told the officer the gunfire came from a nearby wooded area and a .20 gauge shotgun shell was found nearby.
Several days earlier the couple reported a burglary at the same address.
• Criminal complaints for battery were filed against brothers George Jackson, 33, and Phillip Jackson, 24, of Macclenny for allegedly attacking Schnelia Lee, 21, during a disturbance at South Boulevard and Joan St. the evening of June 17.
Ms. Lee was treated at Fraser Hospital for facial swelling and told Deputy Chad Montean she was coming to the aid of her brother when she was struck by both men.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:25|