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Houston DA May Seek Death Penalty in Starved-Child Case

The Houston County District Attorney's office says it may seek the death penalty for a Warner Robins couple accused of starving their child to death.

Tuesday morning, a Houston County Grand Jury indicted 23-year-old Sade King and 25-year-old Williams Davis on charges of murder, child cruelty, and aggravated battery charges. That's according to a news release from the Houston County District Attorney's office.


On Sept. 11, medical crews found 2-year-old D'Shawn Davis starved to death inside his Tiffany Place home. Medics say they found the boy dead on the bedroom floor, clearly malnourished. He weighed 12 pounds, 6 six ounces.


Public defender Nick White says he's not surprised the DA's office asked for an indicted and the death penalty option for his client William Davis.

"There's some political value for moving for the death penalty in a case like this," White says. "I'm not suggesting that's the reason, but that's always a consideration I'm sure for an elected official."

Two weeks ago, Davis appeared for a scheduled bond hearing where White withdrew the bond request.

He says he needed more evidence from the DA's office, which he says, could reveal the child was fed, but may have had an illness.

Bond is unlikely now, White says, because of negative media coverage, and he's now advising Davis to ask for a trial demand.

White says it would put the state on the clock to try Davis. If the case doesn't go to trial in a given period of time, he says, it must be dismissed.

If Davis asks for a speedy trial and the DA's office does seek the death penalty, White says the state would have until June to try him. He says if the DA's office does not seek the death penalty, the deadline for a trial would be March.

"I don't see any benefit to him sitting in jail indefinitely because I suspect the state will be very deliberate and take their time, which they have a right to do that," White says.

District Attorney Rabb Wilkerson says he asked for the death penalty option to "lay the foundation" for whomever tries the case.

He says that's because, with the coming election, it's up in the air who will be the next DA, and what options they would want.

Wilkerson says he expects an arraignment in November or December.


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