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Official: Suspect Requested Beer, Cigarettes after Murder
MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) A judge has denied bond for Ronnie Davis, the man charged with the July 25 beating death of Terry Wilson. The altercation happened at a home in Theodore where the two men were staying.
In court on Monday, we heard more from attorneys about what happened that day.
A Mobile County Sheriff's investigator testified about what Davis told him the day of the murder. Davis said he and Wilson got into an argument, and Davis left the room to get cigarettes. He said when he came back, Wilson attacked him with a knife and he fought back with a baseball bat.
"It's a self defense case," said Davis' attorney, Michael McDuffie.
The investigator described the crime scene as very gruesome, with pools of blood on the floor and furniture. What happened from there is even more bizarre.
"The defendant had called his wife after he bludgeoned the victim to death, told her he had a broken leg, and needed her to come home from work," said Assistant District Attorney Jo Beth Murphree.
According to attorneys, Davis did not, in fact, have a broken leg. He also made a request for his wife to pick up cigarettes and a six-pack of Natural Light beer on her way home.
"So when she arrived, he drank a couple of beers and smoked some cigarettes," said Murphree. All of this was before either of the two called police, while Wilson's body was still in the house."
Both sides agree the case will be circumstantial.
"The State of Alabama does not have a motive, they do not have any witnesses," said McDuffie. "There is only one person who was part of the altercation that's going to be able to testify."
The case will now go before a grand jury.