Man Who Got Off On Legal Technicality Earlier Bound Over On New String Of Burglaries

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - by Hollie Webb
Ricky Lebron Davis in court
Ricky Lebron Davis in court
- photo by Hollie Webb

A man who earlier had a string of burglary charges dismissed on a legal technicality had a new batch of break-ins bound to the Grand Jury on Tuesday. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck sent up five new charges against Ricky Lebron Davis.

After listening to prosecutor Dave Denny and defense attorney Chris Dixon, Judge Shattuck decided there was probable cause.

Davis is charged with involvement in two burglaries that occurred in the Brainerd area, two near Missionary Ridge, and one on Eveningside Drive, off of Main Street.

Police responded on Oct. 14 to the burglary at 211 Eveningside at Ferger Place. Curtis Sheppard was at home and said during the night he was awakened by a black male going through a backpack that was beside his bed. The burglar took his car keys and wallet from the bag.

Two men were seen getting into a 2002 Lexus, and Mr. Sheppard later identified Davis out of a police lineup. He also identified him in court. Two of the other burglaries also took place the same morning.

Police said some of the evidence from all three burglaries was located later that morning. Three days later, the 2002 Lexus was found and discovered to be a stolen vehicle. More belongings from each of the homes were found inside the car.

A receipt was also found that was from a purchase made on Oct. 14 at Citi Trends in the 5600 block of Brainerd Road. Video from the store showed Davis making the purchase.

When Davis was interviewed by Detective William Puckett, he identified himself in the video and he said he had been in a car driven by Perry Kearse.

On Oct. 23, police responded to another burglary, this time on East View Drive. A woman said she heard a loud noise from the kitchen and thought something had fallen. She opened the door and found that it had been kicked in.

She said her iPod, iPod touch, and some medical supplies had been stolen.

Using her cell phone, she was able to locate her iPod. Police found it in a Honda Odyssey in the 3800 block of 12th Avenue. The Honda Odyssey had also been stolen during a burglary at the home of Michael Boyd on South Crest Road. Also taken in that burglary were a TV and other electronic items.

The TV taken from the Boyd residence was found inside the Honda Odyssey along with items taken from the woman on East View Drive. 

According to police, fingerprints taken from the Boyd TV were found to match those of Davis.

After hearing all of this, Judge Shattuck told the court that there were too many coincidences for there not to be probable cause.

Davis has a long prior record including multiple aggravated burglary charges.

Last August, Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman ruled that evidence gathered against Davis based on use of a GPS tracking device could not be used in court because law enforcement officers did not seek a warrant.




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