George Hiotis

Murder Suspect Wants To Represent Himself

by George Hiotis on February 19, 2014 at 1:16 am

The Zanesville man charged in connection with killing someone and trying to burn his body now wants to represent himself in court.  The Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office says that 20-year-old Shaquille Davis made a motion in common pleas court Wednesday to represent himself.  Judge Mark Fleegle – since there were no objections by the state – granted the request.  Davis is charged in the death and burning of 24-year-old Phillip Kimbro Jr 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, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.  The trial is scheduled to begin February 25th in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court.  This is the second time prosecutor’s have faced a defendant representing himself.  In January Timothy Daniel acted as his own attorney and was convicted on all charges in the fatal Burger King shooting incident.