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01/15/03

Testimony Begins In Murder Trial

Tuesday marked the first day of testimony in the capital murder trial of Christopher Davis. Davis is the man accused of killing Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Bruce Evans in July of 2000 during a high speed chase that started in George County.

Tuesday's testimony from the prosecution focused on what exactly happened that night, and why sheriff's deputies pursued Davis in the first place. The defense in the case wants to prove the defendant, Chris Davis, did not intend to kill the deputy, and are questioning why the chase was went on for more than 27 miles.

In opening arguments, defense attorney Buzz Jordan said, "There were no weapons in the vehicle. No gunfire from the truck. It was all from police. There was not intent to kill."

But District Attorney Keith Miller says, "No where do we have to prove that he intended to kill this officer, that he knew this officer, that he had any animosity toward this officer, or anything like that. The mere fact that his actions caused the death of a police officer while he was in the course of his duties... gets us to the level of capital murder."

One of the key witnesses in the case was Richard Soloman. He was a deputy with the George County Sheriff's department at the time. He was also the officer that initiated the chase because Davis was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Soloman said Davis stopped the truck he was driving three times during the chase and could have ended it at any point and time, but continued to allude them. He said at one point he even drove toward one of the deputies was trying to stop him.

While cross examining Soloman, defense attorney Buzz Jordan said, "A wise and reasonable officer should terminate pursuit if there is danger... Why didn't you terminate pursuit?"

Soloman responded, "I was upholding the law."

"I think our proof is going to establish that they were trying to keep up with him. They were chasing him. They were trying to stop him," says Miller.

By: Myya Robinson

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