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Baltimore man faces fourth murder trial since arrest in 2015

Posted at 10:58 PM, Jul 18, 2019

BALTIMORE — People chanted "Free Keith Davis" outside the Baltimore courthouse where Keith Davis left after yet another day in court. Davis is on trial for the fourth time, charged with murder.

He's accused of shooting and killing Pimlico Race Course security Guard, Kevin Jones, in 2015.

"Keith was failed by the State Attorney's Office as well as the family of Kevin Jones. This man was murdered and no one investigated it," said Kelly Davis, Keith Davis' wife. She has stood behind her husband for every trial he's gone through. She's confident this will be the last.

She said this time there's a new legal team for her husband and a new judge.

"This judge, he doesn't have a dog in the fight. He's fair down the line," said Kelly.

She stressed how she doesn't feel like there is politics in the courtroom this year.

"Keith is a victim in all of this. He was shot by Baltimore City Police. He was thrown in jail. He suffered physically. He suffered mentally. He suffered emotionally," Kelly said.

Evidence showed Davis didn't fire a weapon when officers struck him several times. Davis was shot and arrested shortly after Freddie Gray's death, which Professor David Jaros from the University of Baltimore School of Law said put a lot of pressure on Davis' case.

"The idea that an innocent man might have been shot by police must have concerned all the people involved. I have no idea of Mr. Davis' innocence, but it makes the investigation all the more suspect," said Jaros.

In Davis' three previous trials there were some complications. In the first and third, the jury deadlocked. In the second, the judge threw out the conviction because of an issue with evidence.

"In light of everything that's happened, no matter what verdict comes out, I don’t believe we could be confident," Jaros said. "Even if 12 people vote to convict on this fourth trial, I don’t think we can have confidence in that verdict."