Crime Scene: July 10, 2013
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High court overturns death penalty for Broward man The Florida Supreme Court last Wednesday overturned a death penalty sentence for a Sunrise man convicted in a 2005 crack cocaine-fueled triple murder spree. Ralston Jay Davis was found guilty in 2009 of the killing of Myosha Proby, a 28-year-old mother of two, who he shot with 20 bullets from an AR-15 rifle. He later fatally shot two strangers at a nearby Exxon station. He received life sentences for the second and third killings, but the jury opted to give him the death penalty for Probys death. Davis attorneys used an insanity plea and Davis took the witness stand during his trial to say he had been driven by the Holy Spirit, a sixth sense and voices. He said when Proby, who he had known for less than a month, called him on his cellphone, he believed she needed to be eliminated. I believed that was God talking to me, Davis said. The court agreed 8-0 to uphold Davis murder conviction, but split 6-2 on vacating the death penalty. The two justices who disagreed with the decision to overturn the death penalty argued that they believed Probys murder was cold, calculated, and premeditated, and therefore, jurors acted appropriately in giving Davis the death penalty. The case will now return to the trial court for re-sentencing. Arrest made in fatal shooting in West Park A drug dispute is the motive behind a shooting death in West Park, according to the Broward Sheriffs Office. Dallas Seymour, 51, of Hollywood, is charged with second degree murder for the death of Darryl Keith Hardnett, 52, investigators said. It happened around midnight on May 26 on the 1700 block of Southwest 57th Avenue where Hardnett was sitting on the front porch of a home where he was staying. The homeowner, who often rents out rooms in his house, told detectives he heard the shot and ran outside, where he found Hardnett. Detectives said Seymour approached Hardnett and the two got into an argument over crack cocaine when Seymour pulled out a gun and shot Hardnett in the head. Hardnett later died at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. Dallas was being held without bond at the Broward County Jail last Wednesday because his bond hearing was delayed a day. Broward Judge John Jay Hurley wanted to speak with Seymours attorney by phone but Seymour could not remember the number. He asked the judge if he could retrieve it from his confiscated cellphone. The judge agreed and reset the bond hearing for the Fourth of July. Three suspects charged in Pembroke Park carjacking An 18-year-old man and two juvenile co-defendants were accused if carjacking a woman at gunpoint in Pembroke Park and then using her car in an armed robbery in Miami-Dade County, authorities said. Benjamin Harrison of Opa-locka, last Tuesday was ordered held without bond in Broward County jail. He was charged with carjacking with a firearm in the May 24 incident. About 2 a.m. that day, Harrison and two co-defendants ages 16 and 17, approached Martina Louis outside her home in the 3700 block of Southwest 52nd Avenue and forced her give up her car keys, according to a Broward Sheriffs Office report. A .357 Magnum revolver was pointed at her face as Louis threw her belongings and keys to the ground and the trio took Louis; white 2003 Toyota Matrix, the Sheriff Office said. Harrison allegedly served as a lookout and supplied the firearm used in the carjacking, the report said. On June 4, Miami-Dade police officers located Louis car and found Harrisons two juvenile accomplices as well as another minor and 18-year-old Roobins Delphin in the car, officials said. They all were arrested on charges they committed the armed robbery in Miami-Dade County while using the Toyota Matrix, the report said. Delphin and the other juvenile were not tied to the armed carjacking in Pembroke Park, the report said.