On Tuesday, a Lamar County jury convicted Jermaine Davis of the murder of Ketemya Hurndon, according to Assistant District Attorney Benjamin I. Kaminar.
“The defendant shot Hurndon multiple times in cold blood while he was sitting in his car,” Kaminar said. “An exhaustive investigation by Paris police and detectives eventually led them to Jermaine Davis’ house, where they found the pistol used to murder Hurndon in Davis’ bed.”
The jury convicted Davis of the additional offenses of Possession of Marijuana 5-50 pounds and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. After presenting punishment evidence, Kaminar asked Judge Wes Tidwell to impose a life sentence.
“One of the themes we hear over and over again is that justice must be proportional, must be equal to the offense,” he argued. “Only a sentence of life can balance the life that he has erased.”
The court agreed with the State’s argument and sentenced Davis to life in prison.
“Paris police should be commended for the thorough and detailed investigation,” Kaminar said. “From the first officer’s response, running towards the sound of gunfire to detectives reviewing surveillance videos from across the area to an officer utilizing skills gained in the Air Force to identify the suspect vehicle that ultimately led to Davis, the tireless efforts of the Paris Police Department were key to solving this case.”
Lamar County District Attorney Gary Young stated “The jury recognized the effort the police put into bringing Davis to justice and the strength of the State’s case. The people of Lamar County should be proud of their law enforcement officers and jury for the result in this case.”