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2nd defendant in boy’s murder to stand trial today

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The murder trial of a man accused in the July 2014 shooting death of 7-year-old Kamari Jones is slated to begin Monday.

Montavius S. Davis, 27, will stand trial in Wilson County Superior Court on a first-degree murder charge in connection to the killing.

Davis, who has entered a plea of not guilty, will be represented by Raleigh-based attorney Thomas Manning.

On July 23, 2014, Kamari was playing video games inside his bedroom when gunfire erupted outside the family’s then-home on Parkview Street. A bullet pierced his bedroom window, striking him in the back of the head.

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

Kamari was rushed to Wilson Medical Center and transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he was declared brain-dead the following day. The boy remained on life support for three days so that he could give others life by donating his organs.

The first arrest was made a day before the 7-year-old’s funeral.

On July 31, 2014, Davis was charged with first-degree murder in the killing. During his first court appearance, Davis, a convicted felon, told the court, “I’m not the one who did this.”

Other arrests followed including 20-year-old Anfernee Knight; Donnell V. Hill, 22; Kenneth T. Vinson, 24; Demetrius D. Spells, 25; and Ceante Latrell Spells.

In May, a Wilson County jury found Knight guilty on all charges, including first-degree murder, in Kamari’s killing. It took jurors about an hour to render the verdicts. Knight was found guilty under the felony murder rule. He is currently spending life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Heavy security was present for jurors and others throughout the trial in May.

Kamari’s death was also a part of a violent two days in Wilson in 2014, one that led to more than 20 arrests and at least 30 felony charges, according to a Wilson Times investigation of the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death.

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