Charges Are Filed In Marinette ShootingIssue Date: May 28, 2014
The Marinette County District Attorney office filed charges Wednesday, May 28, against Kenneth Jerome Davis, 50, 1537 Pierce Ave., Marinette, in the Thursday, May 22, shooting and wounding of Demon Eugene Hayes, 37, Menominee, Mich.
The shooting happened at the residence at 203 East Bayshore St. at about 5 p.m. where Hayes had gone to get a haircut, according to the complaint.
Davis has been charged with five felony charges. They are first degree intentional homicide, first degree recklessly endangering safety, intimidate a witness by threat of force, felon possessing a firearm and possession of THC, second offense. The charges were filed in Marinette County Circuit Court before Judge David Miron. No future court date has been set.
According to the complaint, Marinette Police Sgt. Bruce Furst reported officers were dispatched to the scene at 5:10 p.m. and found Hayes who had been shot in the right arm walking near the scene. He was transported to BAMC and was reported in serious but stable condition for what is believed to be a non-lift threatening injury in the shoulder and rib cage. He was then transferred to a Green Bay Hospital for surgery.
Hayes told authorities he went the Dario residence shortly after 4 p.m. for a haircut. There he met Davis standing on the porch and they shook hands as both worked at Marinette Marine. While Dario was having his hair cut by Todd Williams, Davis walked in and alleged Hayes was always causing trouble and related an incident about four months previously when they had verbal disagreement at Taco Bell, according to the complaint.
The two then arose and started arguing towards each other but were separated by others at the residence. Davis went to his vehicle and returned with a gun and pointed it the living room/exit door where Hayes and Dario were standing. Dairo and Hayes then began to seek cover and as Hayes neared a door, he was shot.
When authorities arrived a description was given of the vehicle Davis was driving. a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, black in color. At 7:56 p.m. a Marinette County Sheriff Department Deputy observed the vehicle traveling on Highway 180 in the Town of Porterfield, about five miles from Marinette. The deputy followed the vehicle until other officers arrived and the vehicle was stopped a short distance from the Marinette city limits. A suspect, Davis was taken into custody without incident. There was also a female in the vehicle, according to the complaint.
A search of the vehicle found various items including a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, bullets and ammunition magazines and spent .45 caliber spent shell casings.
A search warrant was also issued for the Davis residence. Officers found THC, glass pipe packed with marijuana and a pill bottle containing multiple prescription pills mixed together. Davis was interviewed on Sunday, May 25, and admitted he was not supposed to have a gun, according to the complaint.
The complaint further said Davis is a felon having been convicted for a felony, of a larceny in Pensacola, Fla. in Jan. 25, 2000. He was also convicted on July 2, 2008 for felony possession of cocaine in Chesapeake, Va.
Assisting the police department in the incident were the sheriff department, Emergency Rescue Squad and BAMC paramedics.
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