Verdict handed down in 2018 Albany murder

Updated: Jul. 18, 2019 at 5:21 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A verdict has been reached in the case of an Albany man on trial for a 2018 murder.

Jammie Davis, 23, was found guilty on all charges in court on Thursday.

Davis was on trial in connection to the death of La’Travius Burkes, 29, that happened on May 18.

  • Count 1: Malice murder
  • Count 2: Felony murder
  • Count 3: Aggravated assault
  • Count 4, 5, 6: Possession of firearm during commission of a felony
  • Count 7, 8, 9: Third degree cruelty to children
  • Possible maximum sentence time for murder charges = Life
  • Possible max for aggravated assault = 20 years
  • Possible max for possession of firearm = Five years for each count
  • Possible max for cruelty to children = Up to a year


It was a very heated and intense day from the start. It took jurors close to an hour and a half to deliberate. But right before that—-Davis took the stand to testify in his own case.

Thursday, Davis took the witness stand to testify in his case.

He calls this an act of self-defense.

He said he always knew Burks had a gun prior to the day of the shooting.

Davis said a month before, Burks pointed a gun and threatened to kill him at a home on Hickory Lane.

Davis testified he went there to see his daughter and Burks pulled a gun out on him when he asked about another situation.

“I asked to speak to him about a prior incident with him pulling a gun out on Ms. Jones in front of the kids. Upon me asking him that he became hostile. And pulled out a gun and starting pointing it to me as I was backing out the yard," said Davis.

Davis said because of this prior incident, he is standing by his self-defense claims in the shooting in May 2018.

Prosecutors said Davis went to see his daughter at his ex-girlfriend’s home where Burks lived on May 18, 2018.

Davis said as he was playing with his daughter, and Burks touched Davis’ daughter in the mouth.

Davis said he then said something to Burks about the touch.

That’s when Davis said Burks started fighting him.

Davis said prior to the fight, he saw Burks put a gun in his pocket.

“He pulled up and got out of the car. He was talking on the phone. He reached back in the car, grabbed a weapon and put it in his pocket," said Davis.

Davis added because of prior altercations, he shot at Burks 11 times to protect himself.

“He still was attacking me. I pulled my weapon to defend myself (pauses) yes sir, defend life, my well-being," Davis added.

Investigators did say a gun was found in Burks' pocket at the time of the shooting.

Prosecutors argued there was no way this was self-defense.

They brought in a medical examiner who revealed Burks had been shot five times from the back of his body.

They said this means Burks was trying to run away and did not attack Davis.

This trial lasted two days. The state presented two days of evidence in order to prove their argument that this was not self-defense.

Davis’ time in jail has not been determined.

Sentencing will be scheduled for a later date.

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