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Davis charged with stabbing in Sharp County

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Chris Murphy

Staff Writer

A Mammoth Spring man is spending his days and nights at the Sharp County Jail since he allegedly stabbed another man in Hardy March 24.

Justin Lee Davis, 22, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, a class D felony; first degree battery, a class B felony; and felon in possession of a firearm, a class B felony.

Hardy Police Officer Carrol Traw was called to a home on North Spring Street the night of March 24 in response to a stabbing, according to a report by Sharp County Detective Sgt. David Huffmaster.

When Traw arrived, he saw Joel Neal with a stab wound to his back, a stab wound to his arm and a cut to the forehead, Huffmaster said.

The occupants of the home, Melinda Lee, Jerry Evans, Brandon Holbrook and Neal, told Traw that Davis came to the home carrying a gun, Huffmaster said. When Neal attempted to take the gun away, the gun fired, he said. Evans eventually took the gun away from Davis, he said. When Neal confronted Davis, Davis stabbed Neal with a large hunting knife, he said.

The group told Traw that Davis left the home driving a red Pontiac Firebird. Traw then placed a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Davis and the vehicle.

A little later, Ravenden Officer Tim McComas observed the car in his town and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Huffmaster said. Rather than stopping, the car led McComas on a chase that ended when Davis lost control of his vehicle on a gravel road in Randolph County, he said.

Davis was taken into custody and was found to be in possession of a large blood stained knife held in a sheath on his belt, Huffmaster said. Huffmaster then went to the location and seized a Rossi pump .22-caliber rifle from Davis's car, he said.

"Before Davis was transported to the Sharp County Jail, (I) observed what appeared to be blood stains on Davis' hand and clothing," Huffmaster said.

The next day, Davis spoke with Probation Officer Dennis Burton.

"Davis informed Burton that he had gone to the residence in Hardy because he had previously agreed to sell Brandon and an unidentified 'guy from Afghanistan' some drugs. When he met with them the 'guy from Afghanistan' started slapping him around. He wanted to find out from Brandon where he could find the guy from Afghanistan so he could get back at him. While at the residence, Joel Neal smarted off to him, and that was when he stabbed him," the police report said.

Davis is being held on a $250,000 bond as set by Sharp County District Court Judge Mark Johnson March 26.

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