Death Row inmate resentenced to life in prison

Jeffrey Keller Davis (Photo source: MS Dept. of Corrections)
Jeffrey Keller Davis (Photo source: MS Dept. of Corrections)

GREENE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Mississippi man who sat on death row for more than two decades will now live out his days behind bars.

Jeffrey Keller Davis was sentenced Tuesday to life without the possibility of parole. He was convicted in May of 1992 for the capital murder of Linda Hillman in Greene County. The 1991 murder happened during the commission of a robbery.

The evidence at the trial in 1992 showed that Davis, who was friends with Hillman, killed her to get money in order to buy drugs. Davis reported the murder 30 hours after the victim's death.

Twenty years later, his conviction was overturned by the state Supreme Court. The justices said a poor job by Davis's trial attorney may have cost him a chance at life in prison.

A jury was selected to hear the case Monday for the resentencing, but Davis agreed to plea to life without parole after consulting with his attorneys and his family.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence said the victim's family was satisfied with the sentence of life without parole.

"What happened on July 11, 1991 was a senseless and unnecessary taking of a life that has had a tragic affect on all the families involved," Lawrence said. "The victim's family was finally able to see justice served for the death of Linda Hillman. Twenty years has not erased the pain they experience every day because of the loss of their loved one."

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