Jury selection for Iraq War vet murder trial slated for Dec. 5

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 1:52pm
Staff reports

Jury selection that was to have begun Monday in the murder trial of Christopher Davis has been rescheduled for Dec. 5.

The new date for the trial, which is a death penalty case, is Dec. 12, and the case is not expected to run longer than three days, according to the Office of the Davidson County District Attorney General.

Davis is charged with the June 13, 2007, murder of Herbert Clayton, an Iraq War veteran who was gunned down in front of a Bank of America ATM on Murfreesboro Pike.

Metro Police said robbery was the likely motive behind Clayton’s death, noting that the four men arrested in connection with the shooting of Clayton had the night prior allegedly kidnapped a man in Trousdale County, taking him to an ATM for the purpose of robbing him.

After Davis, who was 19 at the time, James Phillips, Michael Miller and Marcus Bradford were apprehended after their alleged kidnapping victim managed to escape and contact police, Metro Police detectives began reviewing the ATM footage where Clayton was shot and determined that Davis was the likely shooter.