2018 Albany murder trial continues for second day

2018 Albany murder trial continues for second day

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The second day of a 2018 murder trial began Wednesday morning.

Jammie Davis, 23, is standing trial for felony murder and child cruelty charges in connection to the death of La’Travius Burks, 29.

Jammie Davis is in court on July 17, 2019, for a 2018 Albany murder trial. (Source: WALB)
Jammie Davis is in court on July 17, 2019, for a 2018 Albany murder trial. (Source: WALB)

Prosecutors believe Burks was shot eleven times.

Opening statements started Tuesday.

The second day of the trial began with the evidence being presented.

Ten to 11 witnesses are expected to take the stand. Prosecutors said three of those witnesses are children who were eyewitnesses to the 2018 incident.

Davis faces nine charges. Those include:

  • Malice Murder
  • Felony Murder
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony (three counts)
  • Cruelty to Children in Third Degree (three counts)

Case Background:

From the second day of trial:

Prosecutors said Davis shot 29 year old La’Travius Burks outside a home.

Davis' ex-girlfriend, Shovonda Jones, and her three children lived at the home with Burks.

Prosecutors allege Davis of coming to his ex-lovers home uninvited, to visit their child.

Davis and Jones have a 4-year-old daughter together.

Jones said Davis knocked on her door unexpectedly and her children ran out to play with him.

That’s when prosecutors said Jones (the mother) called Burks back to their home.

Jones testified and said Burks went to the store to get a drink and cigarettes.

All of the children were outside playing when Burks pulled up, according to the testimonies of the three children.

Prosecutors said the mother said she heard gunshots while all three of her children were outside playing with Davis.

But the deepest revelations came about when the three kids, all under the age of 8, recalled what they saw outside their home.

The children, ages 4, 6 and 7, said Burks came back and rubbed Davis’ daughter’s lips. But all of them, including his own child, said Davis, also known as “Shod,” started fighting Burks and later fired his gun in front of them.

“Do you know who shot “Tra?” asked an attorney.

“Mm hmm, my daddy," responded the young girl.

“And what’s your daddy’s name?” The attorney continued to question.

"Umm, Shod. Shod? Mm hmm,” said Davis’ daughter.

“Tra” is Burks’ nickname.

Davis’ attorneys kept mentioning a 22-caliber revolver that was found in Burks’ pocket at the time of his death.

The children said they didn’t see that gun.

Police said the gun, nor the bullets, were used.

The lead investigator from the Albany Police Department said Davis told him that Burks had a gun.

Davis told investigators prior to this incident that he knew this because Burks allegedly told him in the past he would shoot him in the head.

Defense attorneys asked investigators if they questioned Davis about seeing an alleged gun on Burks’ body. The investigator said he never asked.

So far, 12 witnesses have testified during day two of the trial.

Five were responding officers or crime scene investigators.

One of the last people to see La’Travius Burks alive was Sergeant Charlie Roberts who works for the Albany Police Department.

Roberts testified Wednesday that Burks told him “Shod” was the man who shot him.

“I asked at one point, ‘Who shot you?’ He responded. Then I asked, ‘Why?’ He responded then as well,” testified Roberts.

“Who did he say shot him?” asked the prosecutor.

“He gave the name ‘Shod,’” explained the investigator.

The trial will resume Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

Prosecutors are expecting to bring in a medical examiner to start the day.

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