First Day of Shaquille Davis Murder Trial

by Courtney Wheaton on February 25, 2014 at 7:27 am

A jury has been seated in the trial of a Zanesville man charged with murder and burning the corpse.

There are ten females and two males on the jury in the case of 20-year-old Shaquille Davis charged in the death of his first cousin Phillip Kimbro Junior last year. Kimbro’s body was found on fire by a tree trimming crew on county road 15 in Morgan county. Davis is charged with aggravated murder with a firearm specification, three counts of tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. Davis is also acting as his own attorney.

"We the defense are hear to show self defense by proving that he was the aggressor that night, prove that when drunk on a regular basis like we found that night,and also to prove deadly force was not used to kill it was meant to stop, " said Davis.

During testimony this afternoon Morgan County Sergeant James Fisher was called as the first prosecution witness. Also testifying today was Joshua Durst from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He described the crime scene.

" Essentially there was two items in the basement one was a set of pvc pipes near the foot of the steps and there was blood all over the pvc pipes, that was one of the items collected from the crime scene, " said Durst.

Lastly Morgan County Coroner, Doctor David Parret was called to testify. He says that after investigation he determined the death was indeed a homicide. Tomorrow day two of the trial will begin promptly at 9 a.m. WHIZ will again have a reporter and camera in the courthouse.