Alleged murderer surrenders to police

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 29, 2003

Roy Davis, at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, turned himself in to the Selma Police Department to face charges of the murder of Benjamin Davis.

Benjamin Davis, 24, of Selma died Tuesday night. He was allegedly shot multiple times, although there has been no medical report issued.

Roy and Benjamin Davis may be related, but the issue is unclear at this time. The Selma Police Department is investigating the case and hopes to find out more about the possible motive for Benjamin’s alleged murder.

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The Selma Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Roy Davis, 20, of Selma,

on Wednesday.

Lt. David Evans, public information officer for the Selma Police Department, said he believed Roy Davis turned himself in because the department gave him no other options. &uot;The information we’d received was that he was trying to leave town,&uot; said Evans, &uot;We took that avenue away from him. He realized an avenue of escape wasn’t available and turned himself in.&uot;

Evans said the department was &uot;very close&uot; to finding the suspect when he turned himself in.

A body was reported to the Selma Police Department at approximately 9:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of St. Phillips St. in Selma. The police followed up on the information to discover Benjamin Davis.

A crowd had gathered, but the police quickly secured the scene.

Roy Davis, according to Evans, had &uot;a long-standing feud or difference&uot; with Benjamin Davis.

He was processed at the Selma Police Department and transferred to the Dallas County Jail pending a bond hearing.

The Selma Times-Journal was unable to contact the Circuit Court concerning the time or date of Davis’ hearing.

Davis faces charges of murder which could lead to a life sentence, but rarely does.

Alabama has only two classifications of murder: murder and capital murder.

Capital murder carries with it the possibility of the death penalty. Murder does not.