Jury trial in Radcliff infant's death begins Monday

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By Sarah Bennett

The jury trial in the death of a 1-month-old Radcliff infant is slated to begin Monday in Hardin Circuit Court.

Jarrod D. Davis, 24, of Radcliff, faces charges of murder and first-degree criminal abuse in connection with the Jan. 15 death of his son, Ja’Vion Davis.

Radcliff Police Department responded the morning of Jan. 15 to Davis’ University Drive apartment in reference to a death investigation, RPD spokesman Bryce Shumate told The News-Enterprise in January.

Davis originally told police he found his son dead in his crib, Shumate said.

However, when the Hardin County Coroner’s Office informed police preliminary autopsy results revealed the baby suffered blunt force trauma to the head, police confronted Davis again Jan. 16, Shumate said.

According to police, Davis said he dropped Ja’Vion, causing the baby to hit his head on the side of a crib.

On Jan. 16, Davis was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter.  The charge was upgraded to murder Jan. 24 in the grand jury’s  indictment.

According to the indictment, Davis’ alleged actions were wanton and “created a grave risk of death to (Ja’Vion) and thereby caused the death of (Ja’Vion).” The grand jury also alleges Davis “intentionally” abused the infant between Jan. 4 and Jan. 15.

In a previous interview, Hardin County Coroner Dr. Bill Lee said preliminary autopsy results revealed Ja’Vion sustained multiple severe injuries.

During statements in court, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon revealed the infant had mucous and blood flowing from his nose when found dead in his crib.

Jury selection in the trial is set to begin Monday in Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom.

Davis remains lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at 270-505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.

Jury trial for Lackey set for Wednesday

An Elizabethtown man accused of assaulting a probation and parole officer is scheduled for jury trial Wednesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

Quintin D. Lackey, 30, is charged with first-degree escape, third-degree assault, second-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, third-degree criminal mischief and first-degree felony offense.

According to Elizabethtown Police Department, Lackey was arrested July 3 for violating parole when he shoved an officer attempting to adjust his handcuffs. The officer, assigned to the Division of Probation and Parole’s District 5 office in Elizabethtown, sustained a laceration to his head.

Lackey allegedly fled the District 5 office on Mulberry Street but was found running on East Poplar Street where he was arrested.