Three days before New Year’s Day 2016, a Memphis man in a jealous rage killed his ex-girlfriend and then threatened another woman and four children.
Now, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Recently, a Shelby County judge handed Antonio R. Davis, 33, to a mandatory life term in prison for the shooting death of Lakeyel Hurd. Davis was found guilty and convicted by a jury for first-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
According to prosecutors, on Dec. 29, 2015, officers responded to the 6000 Block of Waterstone Oak Way at Hickory Ridge area apartments. There, witnesses told investigators Davis shot through the sliding door of the apartment Hurd had been staying in with a friend temporarily.
As he forced his way in, the defendant shot the victim in the abdomen. While Hurd’s friend attended to her, Davis stood over both women and threatened to kill Hurd’s friend if she failed to tell him who the victim had been dating, reported ABC 24.
Next, the defendant shot Hurd three more times in the head, killing her. Then, Hurd’s friend ran into the bedroom to protect her four children, while Davis followed behind with a gun pointed at her as she held onto her 1-year-old child.
Davis then decided to leave the apartment but took the woman’s cell phone to prevent her from calling 911.
According to News 3 Channel, Davis was tracked to a motel on Rivergate Parkway in Goodlettsville, an area outside of Nashville, Tennessee, two weeks later. The arrest culminated from the joint effort of U.S. Marshalls Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Middle Tennessee Violent Offender Task Force.
Davis is scheduled to be sentenced for the other charges in January.