Davis indicted in attempted murder case

By Abby Morris
Star Staff

   A Carter County Grand Jury handed down an indictment last week charging a 24-year-old man with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly shot his father's girlfriend in the chest with an arrow.
   Jason Lynn Davis, 24, of 2765 Highway 91, in the Stoney Creek community, was also indicted for aggravated burglary, felony reckless endangerment and resisting arrest in connection with the incident which occurred on Aug. 28 of this year.
   According to Carter County Sheriff John Henson, Davis lived at the residence in Stoney Creek with his father, Lynn Davis, and his father's girlfriend, Leslie Hall, 31, who moved into the residence with Lynn Davis and Jason Davis approximately three months before the incident.
   Henson said at the time of the incident that jealousy may have been the motive in the shooting. "The son is jealous of her since she moved in because he feels she's getting more attention than he is," he said. "From what we can find in the investigation so far, that's what it looks like."
   According to Henson, Hall and Davis had argued earlier in the day on Thursday about the ownership of a cellular telephone. "He (Davis) said the father had given it to him and she (Hall) said the father had gave it to her and they argued over it," Henson said, adding that Hall, who is originally from Johnson County, ended up taking the phone with her and visiting family in Shady Valley.
   Hall stated to investigators that she had returned to the Stoney Creek residence at approximately 8 p.m., according to Henson, and that nothing appeared to be wrong with Davis at that time. Hall then reported to officers that she went into her bedroom and was exercising when she heard Davis call to her from the living room asking her to come in there.
   "A few minutes later she steps into the living room and Jason is standing there with the bow and an arrow drawn," Henson said. "She asked him what he was doing and that is when he shot her."
   The arrow, which was a broadhead arrow, entered Hall's chest and struck her rib cage. When the arrow struck her ribs, the arrow broke and then proceeded to pierce her liver and damage her spleen.
   After being shot with the arrow, Hall was able to crawl back into her bedroom. Davis then grabbed another arrow and followed her into the bedroom and assaulted her again. "She was stabbed in the head, stabbed in the neck and I think on the right shoulder," Henson said, adding that Davis was holding Hall down as he stabbed her.
   By some miracle, Henson said, Hall was able to fight Davis off and flee the residence. "She made it across the street to a neighbor's house with Jason chasing after her," Henson said. "The neighbors held him off and called 911."
   While Jason Davis was attempting to force his way into the neighbor's residence, Lynn Davis returned home and went to the neighbor's residence where a scuffle ensued between him and his son.
   According to Henson, Jason Davis fled the scene when he heard the sirens of approaching emergency vehicles.
   A short time later, approximately a mile away from the residence, Jason Davis entered the vehicle of Jerry Campbell and attempted to force Campbell to drive him away from the scene. Campbell, a former law enforcement officer, drove Jason Davis back to the scene instead.
   After a scuffle with law enforcement officers, Davis was apprehended and taken into custody.
   Since the incident, Davis has been convicted of violating a previous probation stemming from another incident and ordered to serve the remainder of a one-year sentence in jail.