Woman accused in Dayton murder arraigned

Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 10:27 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 4:07 PM


            Police: Shooting victim has died at hospital

A Dayton woman was indicted Friday, July 8 in a shooting death of Travis Smith, 34, in June.

  • Murder and felonious assault indictment Friday
  • The accused, Nina Mirjuana Davis, remains in jail on $1 million bond
  • Police: Days of arguing escalated to the shooting

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UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m. (July 12):

A woman accused of fatally shooting a 34-year-old man was arraigned in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Nina Davis, of Dayton, had her bond set at $1 million in court.

UPDATE @ 2:28 p.m. (July 8)

Nina Mirjuana Davis, 34, of Dayton, was indicted in Montgomery County for fatally shooting Travis Smith, 34, June 29 outside his home on Patton Avenue.

Smith was found dead inside the bathroom of the home he shared with Davis and their four children.

The victim had been shot one time with a 0.45-caliber handgun, apparently after an argument, said Prosecutor Mat Heck in a release.

Police located the weapon hidden inside a dresser drawer.

Davis was indicted on two counts murder, two count felonious assault and one count tampering with evidence.

Davis will be arraigned July 12. She remains in Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million bond.

FULL REPORT (July 1)

Nina Mirjuana Davis remains in the Montgomery County Jail, on two counts of murder and two counts of felonious assault, in the June 29 shooting of Travis A. Smith. He was gunned down on his birthday.

County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.’s office approved the filing of the charges after meeting with homicide investigators Friday afternoon.

Davis, 35, was booked into the jail June 29 on suspicion of murder. She was arrested the same day in the first block of Patton Avenue, the address where Smith, 37, was shot, according to online jail records. Smith died at Miami Valley Hospital.

According to Dayton police, the initial investigation determined that Smith and the female suspect had been arguing the past few days and the argument escalated to the shooting. Police noted also that a weapon was recovered in the home.

Children were in the home when police arrived on scene.

Police said the victim called 9-1-1 to report he was shot.

Ex-officers charged in traffic stop brutality case surrender

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 9:10 AM

Now-former Gwinnett County police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Master Police Officer Robert McDonald.
Gwinnett County Police Department

 

Two former Gwinnett County, Georgia, police officers, who were fired after a traffic stop caught on camera that showed them kicking and hitting a man, have turned themselves in to police.

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Former Gwinnett County police Sgt. Mike Bongiovanni turned himself in on criminal charges just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Former officer Robert McDonald turned himself in late Tuesday evening after his legal team spent the day trying raise the money for his bond. There was some sort of paperwork issue.

Bongiovanni was silent as he walked into the Gwinnett County Jail and paid the $15,000 bond.

Both Bongiovanni and McDonald are charged with one misdemeanor charge of battery and one count each of violation of oath, which is a felony.

The Gwinnett Police Department worked with the district attorney's office during the investigation. 

"The Police Department and its employees will continue to serve the citizens while maintaining our core values and highest level of professionalism," Chief Butch Ayers said.

Videos that surfaced on social media earlier this month showed Bongiovanni hit Demetrius Hollins in the face before McDonald kicked him in the head while he was on the ground in handcuffs.

Prosecutors have since said the video shows what appears to be an object in one of the then-officer’s hands. They said they believe McDonald appeared to have his gun drawn during the incident.

Washington learned that could lead to an upgrade of his battery charge to a charge of aggravated assault.

"I don’t think I’ve ever seen a situation where both officers appeared to act without justification," Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said.

Bongiovanni told Washington Thursday that his client, Bongiovanni, maintains his innocence and plans to fight the charges.

"He's prepared to defend himself on this. He stands by his actions,” Mike Puglise said.

As for the victim, Hollins said he constantly thinks about his encounter with the former officers.

“I’ve just been having nightmares and in my head and it’s just like, what could I have done that would have not let this happen to me?” he said.

There will be a grand jury hearing for both former officers in the next few weeks.

"Now he has this blemish and he's in the fight not only to protect his integrity of wearing that badge, but he's looking at prison time," Puglise said.

 

Bellefontaine student charged with inducing panic

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 8:19 AM

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BELLEFONTAINE — A 16-year-old student was recently charged with inducting panic, according to the Bellefontaine Police Department Facebook page Friday morning. 

The social media post states the charges are related to online video threats. 

The Facebook post states:

“Both he and his family were cooperative with police investigators. No real firearms were involved in this incident. The weapon that the teen is seen holding in the online photo was found to be a plastic replica.”

Police state the department will continue working with the district to keep schools safe. 

We are working to bring you more information about this incident. 

Florida elementary school janitor accused of sexting teen

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 4:09 AM

Matthew Benedict
Lake County Jail

A Florida elementary school janitor has been suspended after allegedly exchanging explicit photos and texts with a 15-year-old boy, deputies said. 

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Matthew Benedict, 29, of Lake County reportedly gave the teen a cellphone and sexted him, WESH reported. 

Even though Benedict worked in the school district, detectives said, that’s not how they knew each other, according to WESH. 

Investigators added that there’s no evidence that Benedict was inappropriate with any school children.

Benedict was charged with possessing a sexual performance by a child and transmitting harmful material to a minor.

Arkansas executes fourth inmate in 8 days

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 2:44 AM

Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days as Kenneth Williams was put to death by lethal injection Thursday night.
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Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days, as Kenneth Williams received a lethal injection Thursday night, KARK reported.

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Williams, 38, died at the Cummins Unit prison in Varner. He was convicted of killing a former deputy warden after he escaped from prison in 1999, The Associated Press reported. At the time of his escape, in a hog slop-filled tank in a garbage truck, Williams was serving a life term for killing a cheerleader at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, KTHV reported.

On December 18, 1998, Williams kidnapped Dominique Hurd and her friend at gunpoint and forced them out of their car. Williams shot Hurd in the head, KTHV reported.

On Oct. 3, 1999, Williams escaped from state prison. During his escape, he fatally shot 57-year-old Cecil Boren, who had once worked as a prison warden, KTHV reported. He stole Boren’s pickup truck and then drove to Missouri, where he was arrested after a high-speed chase, KTHV reported.

Williams was sentenced to death in 2000, KARK reported.

The state had planned to put eight men to death before its supply of the sedative midazolam expires on Sunday, the AP reported. Courts issued stays for four of the men who were scheduled to die.

Witnesses in the chamber, including an Associated Press reporter, said Williams lurched 20 times on the gurney before three lethal drugs took his life. The movements were described as “lurching, convulsing, coughing and jerking.”

Shawn Nolan,  one of Williams' attorneys, said in a statement that he is requesting "a full investigation into tonight's problematic execution."

A spokesman for Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told the AP that Williams’ movements were an "involuntary muscular reaction" to one of the drugs used.

Spokesman J.R. Davis said he expects Hutchinson to review the execution.