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The Redwood man is accused of firing at two deputies who were responding to a call.
Roger Earl Davis
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Five felony charges, including two counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, were certified against a Redwood man Thursday in Franklin County General District Court.
Roger Earl Davis, 68, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing, where Judge George Jones also certified against him charges of property destruction and possessing and using a firearm as a felon. The charges will go before a grand jury early next month. Prosecutors dismissed two additional misdemeanor counts against Davis.
Davis was arrested March 31 after deputies were called to his home near the intersection of Webster Road and Meadow Farm Lane, investigators have said. They said a neighbor called 911 shortly after 6 p.m. to report a man driving a vehicle through his yard.
“It’s not the first time something like this has happened,” Jesse Hall, the neighbor, told Jones during the hearing.
Hall testified he is related to Davis by marriage, and his property sits about 900 feet from Davis’ home but remains in view.
Deputies who arrived at the scene spotted Davis walking away from a burning tractor near his home, carrying a gas can in one hand and a scoped .22-caliber rifle in the other. They said when they approached Davis, he leveled his weapon and fired.
“It appeared to be pointed in our direction,” Deputy J.D. Hylton testified at the hearing. He said no one was injured and Davis dropped the weapon after Hylton and another officer, both armed with rifles, flanked him.
“He complied with our commands from that point on,” Hylton said. “It was less than a minute before we took him into custody.”
The tractor that was burned belongs to another neighbor of Davis’, Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Allen said Thursday.
Davis is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.
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