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Police charge convicted felon with murder in child's death
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Police charge convicted felon with murder in child's death
'I don't think this guy should have been back out on the streets in the first place'

Wilson police arrested a convicted felon Thursday in the killing of young 7-year-old Kamari Jones and more arrests are expected, police said.

Montavius S. Davis, 24, of 7726 Gardners School Road, Stantonsburg, was charged with first-degree-murder. He’s being held without bond.

"The Wilson Police Department is continuing to actively investigate this case,” Wilson Police Sgt. Steve Stroud said in a statement. "The Wilson Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Wilson for their assistance in this case. The community’s help allowed us to work this case to a point where an arrest could be made.”

Wilson police officers have focused and worked intensely on the case since the beginning and appreciate the citizens’ assistance, Stroud added.

Police declined to elaborate further on the arrest.

But a lot work preceded bringing Davis into custody.

While most residents slept during the early morning hours of Thursday, police secured a warrant to search the Gardners School Road address. It was a Wilson Police case, but since the suspect’s house is located in the county, sheriff’s deputies also assisted there, according to Sheriff Calvin Woodard. In addition, members of a U.S. Marshal’s Task Force were there.

"Wednesday night the chief and I spoke on the telephone and he let me know they had some information on the suspect,” Woodard said.

The Wilson police’s Special Response Team was in place and the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team was on hand.

"I told my major that it would be best to contact the suspect’s family, we had that information in the system,” Woodard said. "When the major contacted the suspect’s mother, she was able to get there and she got in contact with the suspect. Then he turned himself in to the police department.”

Woodard said deputies came back to the scene later Thursday morning to continue assisting Wilson Police by searching the house in daylight hours.

Woodard said they had charged Davis before and he was stunned he was free.

"We have even confiscated a moped where he was transporting the drugs,” Woodard said. "He is well known as far as his criminal history that includes drugs and gun charges. We do our part and then we leave it in the hands of justice system to do their part. Personally, I don’t think this guy should have been back out on the streets in the first place.”

The young Kamari was shot while playing inside his bedroom. The bullet came from outside the home. There’s been an outpouring of concern and help from the community ever since, even to the extent of paying to bury young Kamari.

Criminal background

As documented, this isn’t the first time Davis, a convicted felon, has been arrested.

He’s charged with three active felony probation violations and a drug charge, North Carolina court records show.

There is a post on his Facebook page made a day before the shooting that said, "Eye for an eye.” There are also numerous drug, money and Wilson references on the page.

Sheriff’s deputies found crack cocaine and two stolen handguns during a search of Davis’ Wilson County home in April 2013. Deputies executed a search warrant at the same home, which is just outside Saratoga and has a Stantonsburg address. The search turned up more than 25 grams of crack cocaine and three semiautomatic handguns, two of which had been reported stolen.

At that time last year, a uniformed deputy stopped Davis’ moped after the search to serve two outstanding arrest warrants. Davis had more than 10 grams of cocaine with him on the moped, officials said,

Deputies had conducted a two-month investigation of Davis’s activities after several residents complained that he was selling drugs in the Saratoga area, sheriff’s officials said at the time.

In that case, Davis was charged with three counts of trafficking cocaine, two counts each of possession of a stolen firearm and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and one count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, driving while license revoked and misdemeanor probation violation.

Davis served a previous five-month prison sentence on convictions of possession and possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance, operating a vehicle without a license and a vehicle registration violation, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction.

A Wilson County magistrate set Davis’ bond back in 2013 at $41,500.


More than a week ago, Wilson police were called to the 400 block of Parkview Street after shots rang out.

Neighbors said they saw men park a gray and black car on Starmount Circle, run between some houses to Parkview Street, and that’s when bullets began flying.

One of those bullets went into a home where Kamari was playing video games in his bedroom, his family said. Family members said the bullet struck Kamari in the head, landing in his brain near his spinal cord.

His family decided to allow life support to be removed after doctors told them Kamari was brain dead. His mother, Masheka "Keisha” Carter, said Kamari will help others after he is gone as he is an organ donor.

"I felt like the Lord blessed me with him and he called him back home — the Lord has his spirit,” Carter said on Friday. "While his body is still here he can be a help and a blessing to somebody else. That is a blessing to bless somebody else.”

There has been an unprecedented community outpouring ever since. More than 1,000 residents came to the courthouse steps Sunday to remember Kamari, unite and call for justice in his killing.


Numerous residents came out to express their condolences to the family at Hamilton Funeral Home on Thursday night. At one point in the evening there was a standing-room-only crowd.

Little 7-year-old Janeya Jones Faison stopped in to see her schoolmate. She just stared at him in the casket.

"We used to play outside in at school. He is my friend and I am sad. Why did this happen to him,” she asked her mother, Dedra Faison.

The Faison family was about to leave when little Janeya said, "Mom, I have to go back and pray for him for God to watch over him.”

But the service was anything but sad. In fact, it was like a gospel concert with singing and clapping and dancing.

The Rev. Freddie Williams, who officiated the program, said Kamari’s mother didn’t want a sad wake.

"Keisha said to me, Kamari was a happy child and I want a service where we are happy and praising the Lord,” Williams said. "If in all of this trouble Kamari’s mother can walk in here and smile, then we can all join her in celebrating Kamari’s life.”

Williams said Wilson got what they were praying to God for in the form of an arrest.

"We asked God to fix this,” Williams said. "The people of Wilson began praying and today when my phone began to buzz and I read the news that an arrest had been made, I raised my hands up to give praise to God for answering prayers.”

Dyrell Carter, Kamari’s uncle, said he is relieved that an arrest has been made.

"I am glad they have someone in custody,” Carter said. "The community has really been supportive of my family. They have been standing by us in this.”


Others reacted to the arrest as well.

Neighbor Tex Brown, who called 911 after the shooting, was relieved.

He still gets chill bumps thinking about the show of support at the Sunday vigil where residents, Wilson police, the mayor, the faith community, other officials and the sheriff stood together.

"It’s astounding all the people who came out,” Brown said. He renewed a call for a neighborhood watch in his area and hopes neighbors and police will lend a hand, not only there but in every neighborhood in need.

"We’ve got to pull together to stop the violence,” Brown said, making reference to the Wilson killing along with a triple killing near Fayetteville and others in eastern North Carolina. "I thought it was my house that night.”

Brown previously installed a basketball court in his yard and lets neighborhood children play there. He knows it’s a safe place securely off the streets.

At the service, Williams asked those who were attending to also pray for the family of the man accused of killing Kamari.

"We can be glad that he is in jail and love him and his family and pray for them, too,” Williams said.

Police ask anyone with information regarding this case to contact Wilson Police Department at 399-2323 or CrimeStoppers at 243-2255. | 265-7847
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@@@@want to know said...

You really dont know what you are talking about. The sheriff can't let anybody out of jail without a court order. All court orders are issued by a judge and not the sheriff. Anyone can read and comprehend that the sheriff was implying that he was "surprised" that the justice system ordered his release. Lastly, the jail report indicates how many inmates are in the jail by number and not by names. Oh, by the way... We all saw Joey Gardner at the funeral(what a way to allow the family to grieve during this time.) SMH. Sickening.

Monday, August 04, 2014 at 5:54 PM
@@@@want to know said...

Every morning calvin Woodard receives a jail report of inmates that are in HIS JAIL! Don't act like I don't know what I'm talking about! Its wrong for calvin to say he didn't know he was out or he was surprised! He gets reports on who's in! Either calvin didn't care he was out or he just simply isn't keeping up with the reports. ITS HIS JAIL!

Monday, August 04, 2014 at 6:52 AM
@ wondering said said...

SOME of you Gardner supporters are idiots!! You blame Woodard for this??? You need to pull back your gladness of Gardners professionalism for allowing the family time to grieve. He played the politician at the funeral.

Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 7:14 PM
@@@want to know said...

"They should keep tabs on him" sounds a whole lot like you're blaming them for not tracking him, "dude". Its your criminal justice system and neighborhood. Why dont you argue for higher bonds, less rights for criminals, and stiffer penalties instead of blaming narcotics detectives for not tracking/keeping tabs on him constantly. They made a good arrest but with your logic they should be following him and hundreds others while also investigating other cases. The Wilson county Judges, district attorneys, and judicial justice turns these thugs back out on our neighborhood and then (like you that don't get involved and just criticized cops and deputies for not doing more) say "now go get him again". Well they did but it was too late for that child.

Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 7:04 PM
@@WANT TO KNOW said...

As you said he was charged with a serious offense in RECENT past. A trafficking of narcotics offense if im not mistaken. Im not saying the sheriffs office should TRACK them im saying as a sheriff you don't act surprised when someone you charged for trafficking is out. You should know! Maybe he gets out and traffics more drugs you kind of keep tabs on that its your narcotics officers jobs. Its just rediuculous to hear calvin say oh I thought he was in jail, I didn't know he was out. ITS YOUR JAIL DUDE!

Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 7:11 AM
wondering said said...

Calvin Woodard is trying to politic for sheriff using the tragedy of a little boys death. My heart goes out to the family of Karmi Jones. We all hurt because of this senseless shooting. If nothing else this is a county thug that has a serious record, and he was allowed to roam the streets and prey on innocence citizens. The Sheriffs Dept. should be held accountable. I am glad Joey Gardner had the professionalism to let the family grieve during this terrible time.

Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 6:05 PM @Want to Know and To Stop It said...

Are you honestly stupid enough to think that the Sheriff should keep a checklist of every drug dealer the has been arrested to see if they're still in jail? So I guess if the sheriff was doing his job and personally monitoring this guy 24 hrs a day this would have not happen? This THUG was arrested on serious charges in the recent past and should have been in jail awaiting trial. And to you To Stop it... you did alot of politicing in saying we need to keep politics out of this. Let's see if your candidate Gardner shows up at the funeral.

Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 6:04 PM I know feelings are running high but said...

Evidence needs to be presented to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the man who killed the boy. A drug conviction is one thing. Murder another.

Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 8:10 AM To @ AB said...

Dont jump to a conclusion that is an incorrect one. Just because someone says something doesnt make it so. The comments were entirely insensitive.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 6:23 PM To Stop It said...

I agree this should not be turned in to a political platform but after reading the article condolences were not the primary concern for the one politicizing this matter. It has made my choice clearer this fall. Maybe all the things being said have merit. I am so sorry for this family and what they are going through and that is ALL that should have been of concern and discussed. But to say stop politicizing this is really way off because the comments totally politicized it.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 5:08 PM @ stop it said...

Calvin made it political. If the truth was known, he doesn't have a clue about what's going on. You're right, this should be about the child and the family.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 4:32 PM Lee said...

Prayers to the family.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 2:05 PM Want to know.... said...

How out of touch your sheriff is? He doesn't know that a drug dealer that his agency investigated and charged is out? He's surprised? Do they not track these dealers cases to know if they bond out? Great work calvin. You fall short once again.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 1:58 PM Lucy said...

Moped gangsta should have been locked up.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 1:32 PM stop it said...

Please do not turn this tragedy into a political forum. This is about an innocent little boy whose life was ended by a useless, thug who should have been behind bars!!!!

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 1:18 PM Lisa said...

I cannot believe someone with all those previous charges wasn't in jail/prison. I don't know how long he was in jail, if he went on some of those charges, but he apparently didn't learn his lesson if he Has spent time in jail.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 11:40 AM To AB said...

Educate yourself, whether you like it or not, Sheriff Calvin Woodard is the highest law enforcement officer in the county. Clearly you are delusional if you think that he is not involved in this investigation along with the Wilson Chief of Police. I would personally like to thank all of the law enforcement officers who were involved in this senseless death. Thank you all for doing your job and going the extra mile to find and apprehend the killer. I know that you will find anyone else who was involved. Now it is up to the Wilson County Court system to do their job. I would also like to commend the community for standing together and sheltering this family with love during this horrific crime.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 10:41 AM @AB.. said...

It's also about a someone who should have been in jail/prison and was out on the street. If he was in there, as he should have been, then he couldnt have killed this child. I think the WT is reporting the entire facts. You are acting foolish.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 9:58 AM AB said...

Hey WDT stop making this about Calvin and give the credit to the WPD. For God's sake. Nobody cares about Calvin. It is about the child.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 1:07 AM
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