WOMAN RETURNED TO LEXINGTON COUNTY ON ARREST WARRANT ON CHARGE OF MURDER

Officers with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force returned a 37-year-old Columbia woman to Lexington County, where the woman was served with an arrest warrant on a charge of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of the woman’s 37-year-old estranged husband on September 22 at an apartment on Feather Run Trail near West Columbia. Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said officers on Friday, October 8 transported Shellie Lavette Davis, 37, of 110 Algrave Way, Columbia, from the Mecklenburg County (N.C.) jail in Charlotte, N.C. to the Lexington County Detention Center, where Davis was booked at 6:21 p.m. on Friday. Davis was released on Friday from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where Davis had received medical treatment for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head. Davis shot herself in the head on September 22 after she fatally shot her estranged husband. Davis was being held on Sunday, October 10 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing, Metts said. Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct a bond hearing for Davis in general sessions court because murder carries a punishment of life in prison. The 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office has not yet scheduled a bond hearing for Davis. The arrest warrant alleges that late in the morning on September 22 Davis with malice and aforethought used a .380-caliber handgun to fatally shoot her estranged husband, Jermaine Denard Davis, 37, once in the back of his head, Metts said. The fatal shooting occurred at Apartment G-8 at 2700 Feather Run Trail, Metts said. Jermaine Davis had been living at the apartment, which was rented by a friend of Jermaine Davis, for about five months. Shellie Davis had been involved in a dispute with Jermaine Davis earlier in the day on September 22, Metts said. The nature and circumstances of the dispute remain under investigation. The motive for the fatal shooting also remains under investigation. At about 12:20 p.m. on September 22, Charley L. Rice, Jr., 34, who lived at the apartment with Jermaine Davis, found Jermaine Davis’ body on the floor of Jermaine Davis’ bedroom near a walk-in closet, Metts said. The body was found lying face up on the floor. Rice told deputies that he went to Jermaine Davis’ bedroom when he heard Jermaine Davis’ cellular telephone ringing repeatedly, with no response from Jermaine Davis, Metts said. Rice telephoned 9-1-1 after he found Jermaine Davis’ body in the bedroom. Jermaine and Shellie Davis had five school-age children, four sons and one daughter, Metts said. The oldest child is age 14. The children are being cared for by Jermaine Davis’ sister.

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