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02/15/06 - Huntington

Group Starts Petition to Keep Killer Behind Bars

by Ramonica R. Jones

A couple of weeks ago, a Lufkin man pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife. He is still waiting for his punishment. Forty-two year-old Jimmy Davis entered the plea right before a jury would have been picked for his murder trial. A judge will sentence Davis after a pre-sentencing investigation.

He shot Sheila Buggs-Davis last March during a fight at her home on Bartmess Street in Lufkin. At the time, he was holding the woman and several of her family members hostage at gunpoint. Her family members said Davis pretended he wanted to come visit his grandkids before the shooting happened.

Davis and his ex-wife were married for more than 20 years, but they'd been divorced for nearly three years when he killed her. He's been in jail since the murder and the victim's family has made a promise to keep him there. They've started circulating a petition and collecting letters on Sheila's behalf to try and send Davis away for life.

Demorea Hadnot, Sheila's son, said, "He's not getting a few years, that's why we're here. We're just trying to get everybody to respond to what we're trying to do. We just want the people that knew my mom - her friends, family - to just write letters; to get all the emotions and what they had with my mom when she was still here, to get those letters to us so we can get this problem solved so he won't be able to see anything...see no light at all."

Now that Davis has pleaded guilty to his ex-wife's murder, Demorea and his family are worried he will get a much lighter sentence.

Sheila's sister, Frances Harrison, said, "He's trying to manipulate the system, manipulate the judge, and also his lawyer to thinking that he was crazy at the time he did it or insane or whatever you want to call it. So that's why we're doing this - to let them know that he is not insane, he knew exactly what he was doing at the time he did it."

It's been almost a year since she was killed, but it seems a lot longer to Sheila's family.

Demorea said, "It's been a long fight. It's something [we'll never] get over, but we [have] to take it one day at a time. It's just we want everything to go ahead and be settled and for him to do his time for a long time."

And they're hoping a few sheets of paper filled with kind words and loving memories from people who knew her will make that happen.

Jimmy Davis' lawyer is not talking about his client's case. He did say the pre-sentence investigation will take at least another couple weeks.

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