Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Another murder suspect gets tentative trial date

By Deborah Buckhalter

Published: March 18, 2008

A tentative trial date of May 5 is being considered for murder suspect Harry James Davis.

The date was announced Tuesday at a pre-trial hearing in the case.

Davis, of Pensacola, is accused of killing Peggy Allen Williams on Aug. 4, 2007.

Williams was found dead in her home at Azalea Trailer Park just east of the Marianna city limits on U.S. Highway 90.

Davis was identified as a suspect after an abandoned van containing his identification was found near the trailer park.

The trial date is not certain. Defense attorney Walter Davis said he may need more time to prepare his case if the state decides to seek the death penalty in the event that Davis is found guilty of the charge.

A second pre-trial hearing is scheduled for April 15. Lead prosecutor Mark Sims indicated the state should know by then if the state will seek the death penalty. Smith is likely to seek a continuance if that happens.

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