Dayton woman sent to prison for shooting boyfriend

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:47 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 9:21 AM

Nina Davis, right, is comforted in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on Monday, March 20, 2017. Davis is accused of the shooting death of her boyfriend last year in Dayton.
Nina Davis, right, is comforted in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on Monday, March 20, 2017. Davis is accused of the shooting death of her boyfriend last year in Dayton.

UPDATE @ 10:25 a.m. (April 11)

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Nina Davis has been sentenced to 7 years total for involuntary manslaughter and a gun specification in the April 29, 2016 death of Travis Smith. Davis was accused of killing Travis Smith during a domestic disagreement in their home. Davis’ murder trial was stopped in March when a plea deal was struck. 

UPDATE @ 9:19 a.m. (March 23)

Nina Davis’ murder trial ended Thursday morning when her attorney and prosecutors struck a plea deal which will limit her prison time from six to 14 years.

Davis, 35, pleaded guilty by bill of information to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification. In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

Prosecutors said a stipulated sentence would be three to 11 years for the first-degree felony involuntary manslaughter count plus a mandatory three years for the gun specification.

Davis was accused of killing Travis Smith during an argument in their home. Anthony VanNoy, Davis’ attorney, had said the killing was accidental. The defense was scheduled to begin Thursday morning and VanNoy had said Davis would take the stand.

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Travis Smith died in his bathroom on April 29, 2016 — his birthday — from a bullet fired after had just used the toilet.

After that, prosecutors said the story of Smith’s live-in girlfriend and mother to their children changed several times. Nina Davis’ defense attorney said the shooting was an accident that happened during an argument.

Davis, 35, was indicted on two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of tampering with evidence. Her trial began Monday in the courtroom of Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Gregory Singer.

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A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy — even though it was in the city of Dayton — was only a block and a half from the residence on Patton Avenue in Dayton when dispatchers said someone called saying they needed medical assistance after a shooting.

“Over the course of the next 24 hours, the defendant would do everything she could to convince Dayton police officers that this shooting was an accident,” Montgomery County assistant prosecutor Kraig Chadrick told jurors. “But as each piece of evidence was collected and analyzed, it became clear that the shooting death of Travis Smith wasn’t an accident. It was a murder.”

Law enforcement officers testified about how Smith was found in a fetal position on the floor of the bathroom with his underwear around his ankles and that a discharged bullet, shell casing and broken cell phone also were located.

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Chadrick said the path the bullet took hit Smith’s right lung, the right side of the heart, his liver and exited out the lower portion of his lower left back near his buttocks was not not consistent with an accidental discharge.

Defense attorney Anthony VanNoy told jurors the path of the bullet proves his position.

“Clearly from the evidence, the firearm is either picked up or taken from Travis, and as she’s taking that firearm from Travis, the shot is fired,” VanNoy said. “It’s an accident. You don’t shoot somebody in the shoulder to kill them. You shoot them in the chest, you shoot them in the face. It was an accidental shooting. It was not intentional.”

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The deputy and Dayton police officers testified that Davis was frantic when they arrived and begging for the ambulance to get Smith. Cruiser cam video showed Davis first telling officers Smith was shot when he came into the house.

“There’s a reason why Ms. Davis’ version of events changes,” Chadrick said. “It’s because she’s not telling the truth.”

VanNoy said Smith had a blood-alcohol level of .29 — more than three times the legal limit to drive a car — and that his phone went off. Then, he said, Davis saw that it was another woman calling, smashed it and took it to Smith, who had told her to come into the bathroom.

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VanNoy said that Davis initially was scared to tell police the truth, but quickly told them it was an accident. He told jurors his client will take the stand to testify.

“She grabbed it. She picked it up. And you’re going to hear she’s a novice with a firearm, but she didn’t intentionally or knowingly shoot Travis,” VanNoy said. “Listen to Nina after the call, after the shots are fired. She calls 911 and she is a wreck. She’s asking, begging, pleading for help for Travis.”

A detective testified he found the gun under a shirt in an open dresser drawer. The detective showed the jury the gun, and pointed to where the safety mechanism is.

Testimony is scheduled to resume Tuesday afternoon in a trial scheduled to last until Thursday.

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Enon police officer released from jail in Perry Twp. stabbing; 2nd man still detained

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:28 PM

Authorities said two men, including one who indicated he was an off-duty police officer, were arrested following a stabbing that left a woman in critical condition. The stabbing happened at a home on Wolf Creek Pike. News Center 7's Mike Campbell reports.

The investigation continues into a stabbing in Perry Twp. late Tuesday night that left a woman in critical condition:

  • Dwight Richard, a part-time Enon police officer arrested in the incident, is no longer in jail
  • Tyler Minton, also arrested, remained in jail Wednesday night
  • The woman, who was stabbed in the neck, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.: Dwight Richard, 49, the part-time Enon police officer arrested in the stabbing of a woman late Tuesday night, has been released from the Montgomery County Jail. He was not listed as part of the jail roster, according to a check of the online record.

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Tyler Minton, 31, also arrested in the same incident, remained in jail pending formal charges.

Enon Police Chief Lew Wilcox said his department is in the process of placing Officer Richard on leave because of his connection to the stabbing.

Richard has been a part-time officer at the Enon department since September 2008.

Richard and Minton were arrested in the 11,000 block of Wolf Creek Pike -- at the same address where the stabbing was reported -- and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault. Formal charges are pending.

Dwight M. Richard (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

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Richard, when he called 911 to report the stabbing, identified himself as a police officer and asked Minton not to shoot him.

Tyler Minton (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

“I’m an off-duty officer,” Richard said in the call. The stabbing was reported about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Richard told authorities the woman had been stabbed in the neck.

SCENE: Stabbing reported in Perry Twp.

“Tyler please don’t shoot me,” Richard said during the 911 call. “I love you please don’t.”

Richard told the 911 dispatcher he was about 100 yards behind the property when police arrived.

“I’ve gone out back because I think he has a weapon,” Richard told the dispatcher. “There are multiple firearms in the house and I believe he has one.”

Police have not said what roles Richard and Minton may have had in the stabbing.

The condition of the woman, whose name has not been released, is not available.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to assist in the investigation.

Police said the stabbing was an isolated incident, however did not disclose the circumstances that led to the violence.

In the aftermath of the stabbing, evidence markers dotted the road and the driveway of the two-story white house on Wolf Creek Pike.

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We’re working to learn more. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Man suffers stab wound to the leg in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:31 PM

Man suffers leg wound in stabbing

A man who was stabbed in the leg late Wednesday night was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

Crews were called around 11 p.m. to the 1000 block of East Stewart Street in Dayton.

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The victim’s stab wound was not life-threatening, police said.

Officers were searching the area for a suspect. It’s not clear whether anyone was arrested.

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Huber Heights officer uses Taser to stop fight that leads to ‘Signal 99’ call for assistance

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 10:50 PM

Huber Heights police call for assistance after fight

UPDATE @ 10:50 p.m.

About three or four people were issued courts summonses for disorderly conduct tonight after they were fighting in the street.

A Huber Heights police officer was called to a report of people arguing on Chesham Drive. As the officer got out of his cruiser, some of them started to fight and others joined in, Huber Heights police Sgt. David Garlow said.

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“He had to deploy his Taser against one of the people,” Garlow said.

The officer called for help, but it turned into a “Signal 99” for an officer in need of urgent assistance when dispatchers were unable to get back in touch with the officer during the incident, Garlow said.

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Several people suffered minor injuries as a result of their fighting, but it was not inflicted by the officer, Garlow said.

The officer was not hurt.

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A fight led police tonight to issue a “Signal 99” call for an officer in need of urgent assistance.

The call was made around 9:50 p.m. in the area behind Wayne High School in Huber Heights.

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The fight did not happen on school grounds, Huber Heights police dispatch said.

The “Signal 99” call was canceled shortly after it was made once backup arrived on scene.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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Body cam video shows capture of Springfield bank robbery suspect

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:45 PM

The Clark County Sheriff's Office has released body cam video of the arrest of a man who is accused of robbing the Security National Bank in Springfield.

Body camera video just released Wednesday captured the moments a Dayton man was arrested, accused of robbing a Springfield bank on Saturday.

  • Security National Bank robbed at gunpoint July 14
  • Ricky Jenkins, 27, charged with aggravated robbery, fleeing and eluding
  • He was arrested in Medway following a high-speed chase

“Get on the ground now! You’re under arrest!”

Body camera video from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office shows the moments on Saturday when a deputy apprehended 27-year-old Ricky Jenkins of Dayton.

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Ricky Jenkins(Clark County Jail)

Jenkins had a gun when he held up Security National Bank, 1756 N. Limestone St., then fled with a bag of the bank’s money in a vehicle at a high rate of speed with Springfield officers in pursuit.

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Jenkins crashed in the area of Interstate 675 and fled on foot, but not before he dropped the money bag. All the money was recovered, Springfield police Lt. Matthew Buynak said, and a gun was reportedly recovered from the vehicle.

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Neighbors in the Medway area alerted deputies that Jenkins was knocking on doors looking for a ride. A short time later deputies found him riding in someone else’s car in the 11000 block of Lower Valley Pike, Buynak said. 

He was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail.

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Bond is $150,000 for Jenkins, who pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated robbery and fleeing and eluding during his arraignment in Clark County Municipal Court.

During the pursuit and search, the ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 to southbound Interstate 675 was closed.

Multiple agencies were involved in the search, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Huber Heights Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Division.

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