Bond set for Miamisburg man indicted in Dayton double homicide

DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (April 4):

A judge set bond at $1 million for a Miamisburg man accused of killing two people outside a Dayton jazz club last April.

James A. Davison pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, discharge of a firearm on or new prohibited premises and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

If he posts bond, Davison will be on house arrest.

His next court date is April 16.


A 25-year-old Miamisburg man was indicted on multiple felonies Monday for his alleged role in a double homicide outside a Dayton jazz club last April.

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James A. Davison was indicted on aggravated murder and other charges, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Darion L. Harris, 29, and Ashley M. James, 28, were both killed in the shooting outside Rick’s Jazz Club on Lakeview Avenue April 21, 2018.

According to prosecutors, Davison drove his SUV through the lot, stopping with his driver’s side door next to the driver’s side door of a pickup truck containing four occupants.

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“The defendant then fired approximately 15‐20 rounds from a .40 caliber handgun into the pickup truck,” prosecutors said in a statement.

Harris was the front seat driver and James was the front seat passenger.

There also were two people in the back seat, but they were not injured, according to investigators.

Davison’s SUV was recovered in Erie County at a relatives home, prosecutors said.

The incident was captured on surveillance video.

Davison is expected to be arraigned in court on Thursday morning on charges of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and two weapons charges.

He remains in jail on a $1 million bond.