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Accused killer comes to court same day hundreds pack church for Kamari Jones
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Accused killer comes to court same day hundreds pack church for Kamari Jones




Accused of first-degree murder, a shackled Montavius S. Davis was surrounded by Wilson County deputies Friday morning as he entered District Court for his arraignment.

"I just want to say, I’m not the one who did this,” Davis claimed to District Court Judge John Covolo.

Davis, 24, is accused of killing 7-year-old Kamari Jones.

But Davis was not in court to make a plea or even to talk, just to hear the charge against him and to decide if he would have a court-appointed attorney or hire one.

Davis told the court he would hire an attorney.

Davis was arrested early Thursday morning by Wilson police.

Wilson Police, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals went to Davis’ Gardners School Road address to search the premises after police secured a search warrant.

Bryan Konig of the United States Marshals Service’s Violent Fugitive Task Force praised the work by Wilson police.

"Their detectives did a fantastic job of tirelessly working on this case and we were grateful to be asked to assist them in this aspect,” Konig said.

FUNERAL

Hundreds came Friday afternoon — filling Peace Church — as they said goodbye to Kamari Jones at his funeral, which was also on Friday.

Cards and letters of condolences came from friends and elected official, including state Sen. Angela Bryant, state Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield and Rep. G.K. Butterfield.

Kamari’s first-grade teacher Dianne Combs said she and her students will miss him at Margaret Hearne Elementary School.

"Kamari never said a mean word to anybody,” Combs said. "The kids in the classroom loved him so much. When he would come down the hallway, you could just see his big smile. When he came in, if my day was bad, he would brighten it.”

Combs said she remembers days when she wouldn’t feel so good and Kamari would come up and tell her that he loved her.

She read a letter written by Kamari’s best friend Lawrence.

"I will never forget you,” Combs read. "Sorry I won’t be able to go to your house and play video games like we planned. You were my best friend. I know you are in a better place. God has a new friend. God please take care of my best friend, Kamari.”

There was a video shown of Kamari in a fedora and doing the Moonwalk.

Kamari’s mother, Mesheka "Keisha” Carter, said in an earlier interview that Kamari loved Michael Jackson.

The Rev. Rusty Russell said he is so happy to have known Kamari and that someone so young has touched so many.

"He has already saved four lives — that’s impact,” Russell said of Kamari being an organ donor.

Kamari has touched the Wilson community as well, he said.

Russell said when he heard the news of Kamari’s death, he was filled with emotion.

"I was sad because I was thinking there is a mom who will never hear her child ask for a cookie again,” Russell said. "There’s a mom who will never watch him play baseball, or sing with the chorus or march with the Beddingfield band or play football at Fike.”

At the same time, Russell said he could not help but feel angry.

"I was mad because I was thinking how could you ever just go through a neighborhood shooting a gun, not thinking of the 7-year-old on the other side of that wall that’s going to catch your bullet?”

Russell said while the act of killing Kamari was evil, as Christians they can overcome evil with good, which means not taking revenge.

"Believe in God’s justice — that is how you overcome evil with good,” Rusty explained. "Leave room for God to work. Believe in God’s justice and then you can become a part of Kamari’s legacy.”

Rusty called for Wilson residents to unite in Kamari’s legacy.

"Let’s join him in this legacy — let us unite and tell criminals in Wilson who want to push poison to our kids, then shoot bullets at our kids — not here, not now — not in my town,” Russell said.

He said Wilson needs to unite across all barriers.

"We are not white Wilson and black Wilson,” Russell said. "We are not poor Wilson and rich Wilson. We are not dangerous Wilson and safe Wilson. We are one Wilson. When you shoot at one of us, you shoot at all of us. Let us not rest until it is as safe on Starmount Circle as it is on Country Club Drive.”

Family member Myron Jackson said she came to the service feeling sad, but she left feeling better.

"I can see how the family is so positive in the face of all of this sadness,” Jackson said. "I think others were helped here today also. There were some who gave their lives to Christ today.”

Kamari’s family wrote a message of thanks.

"The family of the late Kamari Jones would like to thank everyone for the love, support and prayers during our time of bereavement. All acts of kindness shown to us are greatly appreciated. Continue to keep us in prayer as we pray for you. We love you all. God bless.”

THE KILLING

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.

His family decided to allow life support to be removed after doctors told them Kamari was brain dead. There has been an unprecedented community outpouring since the July 23 killing. More than 1,000 residents came to the courthouse steps Sunday to remember Kamari, unite and call for justice.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND

As documented, this isn’t the first time the suspect in the case, Davis, 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.

He’s now being held in the Wilson County Jail under no bond.

janet@wilsontimes.com | 265-7847
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SO SORRY said...

PLEASE FORGIVE MY SPELLING IN PREVIOUS POST.
I MEANT "ALL MEN SHOULD SEEK PEACE". SORRY TYPED IN SOOOOOOOO MUCH ANGER. SO SORRY. THERE MAY BE MORE. IGNORE SPELLING,, BUT THE THOUGHT IS SINCERE.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 at 9:32 PM
ALL ME SHOULD SEAK PEACE said...

AN INNOCENT CHILD HAS BEEN SHOT DOWN IN HIS OWN ROOM. IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS CARED ENOUGH TO STAND UP FOR JUSTICE OWED THIS CHILD AND HIS FAMILY. THAT "YALL" COMMENT WAS UNCALLED FOR. ALSO, MOCKING A PERSON DUE TO A HEALTH CONDITION IS ALSO UNCALLED FOR. (BIG,BIG) I WILL NOT USE THIS MAN'S NAME, LIKE ONE OF THE POST DID, BECAUSE I DESIRE TO HURT NO MAN. THIS WAS JUST A TIME WHEN GOD LOVING PEOPLE DECIDED TO STAND TOGETHER. PEOPLE LIKE YOU WILL NOT ALLOW THE WORLD TO STAND TOGETHER IN PEACE, NO MATTER WHAT. THIS CHILD'S ORGANS HELPED 4 OTHERS AND I BET HIS PARENTS DID NOT CARE WHAT COLOR THE SICK PERSON WAS.


Monday, August 04, 2014 at 3:34 PM
sad said...

everytime a tragedy happens in this town it immediately turns to race and pointing fingers. everyone is accountable this is our town and we are resonsible for making it safe and embracing each other during such a horrific tragedy. Justice will comes to the guilty parties and race has nothing to do with it. Evil has no color.

Monday, August 04, 2014 at 3:11 PM
bone said...

"We are not white Wilson and black Wilson"???? Somebody remind Big Big Barber next time yall invite him back to the courthouse steps again.

Monday, August 04, 2014 at 12:35 PM
to ? said...

Omg....you obviously don't understand what it takes to make an arrest.. Trust me when I tell you they just didn't receive a phone message it was him then run right out and arrest him. It takes a lot more than that....the fac that is one of the reasons we have such an awesome force.

Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 7:31 PM
citizen said...

To What. What does welfare and food stamps have to do with the article. A 7 year old child was killed! And all you are concerned about is welfare and food stamps. Get real.

Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 4:59 AM No Justice said...

This is a tragic any so many aspects one the loss of a human being, but the deeper question should be asked about the entire so called justice system. The public asks how was this man out free and walking the streets, I tell you how its possible because certain aspects of our society who want to blame the actions of certain individuals because of the lack of a proper education and unable to find employment that he had no other choice but to sell drugs to survive! Bull*&&^ this is a evil person, and the death penalty should be sought for this suspect.The reality is he will take a plea go to prison and the tax payers will help feed and shelter him, and give free health and dental care.Then pay for him to receive his Master Degree in something to show a parole board at some point during his prison sentence that he is a changed man! What justice is their for this child and family? No more Christmas mornings on a young face no more birthday parties ,no high school senior proms or college graduation.A life taken for what? Gold bling some spinning rims and a nice ride so all the other young people in the community admire these oxygen thieves instead of becoming a productive member of society. I pray that enough pressure will be put on the District Attorneys Office to seek justice for this child? The public will see if Robert Evans is a DA with a backbone or not! I also wonder what kind of pressure is seen from the community in this matter? Or will Wilson become known as a place where small children are gunned down, and no punishment is sought out against the suspect or suspects involved in this crime .Until something is done to address these slugs and the rocks that they live under Wilson will not be a town where people will want to live and raise there children in the future!!

Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 11:43 PM What?!? said...

Who said Country Club Drive was safe?! Didn't they have a stand-off in someone's garage a while back? And there will never be equality among all people as long as there are government entitlement programs such as welfare and food stamps. You can't get rich living off the government!

Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 11:16 PM Question said...

How can he be charged with first degree murder if there was no premeditation or motive? Also, we all know he was not alone shooting randomly into houses. The police need to round up the other gang members involved...I'm sure they know more than we've read in the newspaper.

Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 11:13 PM ? said...

Maybe he is not the one. Someone may have just wanted that thousand bucks. If he is not the one. he had better tell who it is.

Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 9:21 PM Curtis said...

Check out this persons FB page and see what a outstanding, tax paying citizen he is/was. WISH HIM WELL IN JAIL ,,,,,,,,

Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 4:17 PM Obviously said...

This man was not alone...if he didn't do it, then he should start naming names of the guys that were with him!

Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 3:12 PM well said...

there was enough probable cause for a judge to say it was you..so be a man, admit what you have done.

Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 12:51 AM
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