Oct 24, 2007

Reluctant witness and the .32

A last-minute interview with a witness in the murder trial of Laron Deale Davis sent lawyers into plea negotiations, and may have bolstered the 23-year-old's self-defense argument.

After a jury was vetted, seated and sworn in, Tuesday afternoon, Clayton County Superior Court Judge Deborah Benefield let everyone take an hour and a half lunch. During that time, Assistant District Attorney Anece Baxter White re-interviewed Kenny Robertson, a reluctant witness in the prosecution's case against Davis.

Robertson gave White new information about a .32-caliber pistol that was found near the body of 32-year-old Corvette Gardener, after Davis allegedly shot her six times.

According to Robertson, Gardener was probably holding the gun when Davis shot her.

Defense Attorney Bruce Harvey said the information made Robertson "a very critical witness to the defense." After interviewing Robertson, Harvey turned to the defendant and said, "He's our witness now."

Read the full story, Presence of pistol key, @ the Clayton News Daily.