Man pleads guilty in domestic murder
PLEADS GUILTY: 25-Year Sentence, credit for time served; Trial for July, 2016 Shooting.
WLBG on-line: Murder Trial Ends with Manslaughter Plea
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The murder trial of 42-year-old Ronald Duyane Davis ended yesterday afternoon when Davis decided to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The prosecution made a recommendation to Judge Hocker that Davis be sentenced to 25 years with credit for 633 days already served. The prosecution then listed prior offenses for Davis, which included multiple counts of Domestic Violence, Resisting Arrest, Trespassing and Public Drunkenness, all in Newberry County.
The mother of the victim, Shana Profit, told the judge that she was in agreement with the outcome and said, “I want to thank all involved with this trial, and I know that nothing will bring my daughter back.”
Davis public defender Chelsea Brooke McNeill told Judge Hocker that Davis was extremely remorseful and cooperative with law enforcement, and that he had held a job driving a truck and had a CDL license. McNeill also told the judge that the reason Davis went to Newberry after the shooting incident, before turning himself in, was to say goodbye to his 7 children that he had with his ex-wife. The defendant stated, “I had just tried to change my life around for the best. I hate that this happened. I want to apologize with all my heart. Shana was a wonderful girl.”
Crown Royal Bags & a Crown Tattoo on Victim
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Law Enforcement officers who had been at an alleged crime scene were called to the witness stand yesterday by Deputy Solicitor Warren Mowry, Jr., during the 2nd day in the murder trial of Ronald Duayne Davis in Laurens Count General Sessions Court.
Lieutenant Marty Crain of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, who was the first to respond to the scene, described what he saw at the residence and testified that the only people inside were the deceased, who was face down with her right arm under her body, and a small child asleep in a bedroom, who was identified as the son of the slain woman. Lt. Crain told the court that the child was taken into custody and turned over to D.S.S.
Photos of the crime scene displayed yesterday showed the bedroom of the shooting had shell casings on the floor and the bed and a Green Crown Royal Bag on the floor. The victim’s destroyed cell phone was under the bed. The Crown Royal Bag, was a point of discussion because the victim had a tattoo of a crown on her backside, which resembled the crown from the Crown on the green bag.
A recording of the 911 call from this case was played for the jury, containing the defendant saying that his girlfriend tried to shoot him, and that he got the gun away from her, then he shot her. In a later interview Davis said that the victim took the gun out of the Green Crown Royal Bag.
Officer Bryant Cheek, formerly a Lt. with the Sheriff’s Office, testified about his conversations with the defendant as he tried to convince him not to take his own life, which he reportedly threatened to do after he left the scene before law enforcement arrived.
A neighbor of the Fountain Inn site of the shooting, said she was outside for a smoke when she heard gun shots, but did not count them, but said that they were definitely gun shots not fireworks.
Dr. James Fulcher with Pathology Associates of Greenville testified that there were 5 bullets that entered and left the body of the victim, with one near the heart causing immediate death. He further testified that the victim’s system had no signs of drugs or alcohol and only a bit of caffeine at the time of her death.
Jovanna Keys, a former SLED employee, testified that she was called to investigate the crime scene. She also went to the victim and the defendant’s former home in Newberry, where she reported finding three more Green Crown Royal Bags and a box of cartridges.
The trial was to continue this morning.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A Murder trial began in Laurens yesterday for a man accused of killing his girlfriend two summers ago. 42-year-old Ronald Duyane Davis of 4149 Allen Bridge Road, Fountain Inn is accused of the July 3rd, 2016 fatal shooting of 28-year-old Shana Renee Prophet, of the same address, charged with Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime.
In warrants, Sheriff’s Lt. Keith McIntosh states that on July 3rd Mr. Davis did, with malice and aforethought, cause the death of Shanna Prophet by shooting her in the upper body several times with a handgun, and that he knowingly possessed a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Following the shooting, a small child, found in the house, was taken into Emergency Protective Custody for D.S.S.
In opening arguments for the state, Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo told the jury that Davis had the gun and knowingly shot the victim. Speaking for the defense, Attorney Tristin Shaffer of Chapin plainly admitted that Davis shot Prophet but told the jury that it was self-defense. There was a dispute between lawyers whether to allow inclusion of the topic of a son of the victim who had been fatally shot prior to his mother’s death. The prosecution planned on using this as evidence. The victim’s mother stated of her late daughter, “Because of her son’s death, my daughter did not like guns and would never have one.” Presiding Judge Don Hocker sustained an objection from the defense that the testimony of the victim’s mother on how her daughter felt about guns, due to her child’s death, was inadmissible.
Judge Hocker did, however, allow admission of a statement on the stand by the victim’s mother that her daughter directly told her she did not like guns; but would not allow the reference to the child’s death, due to the unknown circumstances of that aspect.
The trial recessed last evening and is to resume at 9:15 this morning in Laurens County’s Hillcrest Square Judicial Center. Suspect Ronald Duyane Davis remains in custody in the Laurens County Detention Center.
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Authorities say a Newberry County man arrested Sunday in Newberry fatally shot his girlfriend in Fountain Inn on Sunday morning .
Ronald Duyane Davis, 40, was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols has identified the victim as 28-year-old Shana Prophet of 4149 Allen Bridge Road in Fountain Inn.
Davis reportedly called Laurens County dispatch around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning and said that he shot his 28-year-old girlfriend at a residence on 4149 Allen Bridge Road in Fountain Inn.
According to reports, Davis told deputies that his girlfriend had the gun and was pointing it at him. He said he took the gun from her and shot her multiple times.
Davis told the dispatcher he would wait for police at the residence, but he was not there when officer arrived.
Authorities located Davis at a residence just off of C.R. Koon Highway in Newberry County. Reports indicate that Davis threatened to kill himself.
Davis peacefully turned himself in to Laurens County deputies after about an hour.
According to reports, the victim’s 4-year-old child was at the residence during the shooting and has been turned over to DSS.