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    Angry Tallahassee, FL -- Gadsden County Deputy Murdered

    It must have been the longest second of their lives.

    Ervin Davis, now charged with killing his estranged wife, Lisha Davis, a Gadsden County deputy, pulled up to their Tallahassee home Sunday night at the same time she arrived with her two small children and new boyfriend.

    He tried to talk to her. She ignored him, taking packages out of her car. He took his left hand out of his front pants pocket.

    At that moment, something fell.

    The boyfriend, Cephus Camiel, later told police he couldn't see what it was, but Lisha "looked alarmed." Husband and wife "dove to the ground and struggled over something," he said.

    The sounds of a gun disturbed the night. Another moment passed. She lay on the ground, bleeding.

    Davis, 37, was charged with first-degree murder and booked into the Leon County Jail without bail. He also is charged with attempted murder for firing at Camiel.

    Meg Baldwin, director of Refuge House, which provides counseling and shelter for domestic-violence victims, couldn't say whether Davis had sought help from the center, citing confidentiality requirements.

    "She should have had the chance to live the many years of her life she had before her - rather than (be) shot down while her children watched," Baldwin said.

    Now come the questions: Was there anything to predict that Ervin Davis would fly into a homicidal rage? Or does a troubled heart have its own reasons?

    There was no record of domestic violence between them in Leon County civil or criminal court. But a court clerk, who asked not to be named, said Lisha Davis, 26, had come to the family-law division in the past two weeks and asked for divorce papers.

    A police report said Camiel and Lisha Davis had been dating for about a month. But Ervin Davis had moved out of the Hutchinson Street home about one week ago, the report said.

    Ervin, a TalTran bus driver, was a model employee, lauded for projecting a "positive attitude and image to customers," according to his latest job evaluation. He started as a temporary driver in 1998, moving to full time the next year.

    When he applied for the job, he listed his references: His father, Freeman Davis, also had driven a TalTran bus. He also listed an uncle, Sylvester Davis, who worked at the Tallahassee Fire Department, where he has since retired as a division chief.

    And a brother, Freeman Davis Jr., still works as a firefighter. Davis Jr. declined to be interviewed at work Monday.

    Then there's this: Tallahassee police had arrested Ervin in March 2000 on an aggravated domestic-battery charge involving another woman. The victim in that case, Tammie Rush, wouldn't cooperate with officers, insisting she accidentally cut herself, court records show.

    But Rush's mother told police that her grandson had run to her crying and saying, "Daddy cut Mommy with a knife." Police also noted that Rush had bald spots in her head where hair appeared to have been torn out, their report said.

    The State Attorney's Office dropped the charge that May, saying "no sufficient evidence ... victim denies facts," according to a court document.

    On Sunday, Camiel told police he took the two children out of the car as Ervin and Lisha Davis struggled. At some point, she took off toward the house, he thought.

    Ervin then came around the car with a "silver-colored handgun," an arrest report said, and squeezed one round off at Camiel, missing him.

    Camiel grabbed the children and ran to a neighbor's driveway. As he turned, he saw Ervin shooting two or three times into the ground, though he couldn't see what he was shooting.

    Ervin kneeled briefly, then stood up and hollered, "I'm not afraid to go to prison! I'll kill this bitch!" according to the report. He fired perhaps three more times at the ground before driving off. But before he sped away, Ervin shouted to Camiel, "Catch you on the rebound." Camiel, who couldn't be reached Monday, dialed 911 on his cell phone.

    A neighbor said he walked over after Ervin left and saw Lisha on the ground, gasping and bleeding from the right ear, the report said. She was pronounced dead at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

    Ervin was soon stopped while driving north on Thomasville Road just across the Florida-Georgia border in Grady County. Police advised him of his rights, and he made "incriminating statements" to investigators, leading to his arrest, the report said.


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    Angry A promising life cut short...

    It must have been the longest second of their lives.

    Ervin Davis, now charged with killing his estranged wife, Lisha Davis, a Gadsden County deputy, pulled up to their Tallahassee home Sunday night at the same time she arrived with her two small children and new boyfriend.

    He tried to talk to her. She ignored him, taking packages out of her car. He took his left hand out of his front pants pocket.

    At that moment, something fell.

    The boyfriend, Cephus Camiel, later told police he couldn't see what it was, but Lisha "looked alarmed." Husband and wife "dove to the ground and struggled over something," he said.

    The sounds of a gun disturbed the night. Another moment passed. She lay on the ground, bleeding.

    Davis, 37, was charged with first-degree murder and booked into the Leon County Jail without bail. He also is charged with attempted murder for firing at Camiel.

    Meg Baldwin, director of Refuge House, which provides counseling and shelter for domestic-violence victims, couldn't say whether Davis had sought help from the center, citing confidentiality requirements.

    "She should have had the chance to live the many years of her life she had before her - rather than (be) shot down while her children watched," Baldwin said.

    Now come the questions: Was there anything to predict that Ervin Davis would fly into a homicidal rage? Or does a troubled heart have its own reasons?

    There was no record of domestic violence between them in Leon County civil or criminal court. But a court clerk, who asked not to be named, said Lisha Davis, 26, had come to the family-law division in the past two weeks and asked for divorce papers.

    A police report said Camiel and Lisha Davis had been dating for about a month. But Ervin Davis had moved out of the Hutchinson Street home about one week ago, the report said.

    Ervin, a TalTran bus driver, was a model employee, lauded for projecting a "positive attitude and image to customers," according to his latest job evaluation. He started as a temporary driver in 1998, moving to full time the next year.

    When he applied for the job, he listed his references: His father, Freeman Davis, also had driven a TalTran bus. He also listed an uncle, Sylvester Davis, who worked at the Tallahassee Fire Department, where he has since retired as a division chief.

    And a brother, Freeman Davis Jr., still works as a firefighter. Davis Jr. declined to be interviewed at work Monday.

    Then there's this: Tallahassee police had arrested Ervin in March 2000 on an aggravated domestic-battery charge involving another woman. The victim in that case, Tammie Rush, wouldn't cooperate with officers, insisting she accidentally cut herself, court records show.

    But Rush's mother told police that her grandson had run to her crying and saying, "Daddy cut Mommy with a knife." Police also noted that Rush had bald spots in her head where hair appeared to have been torn out, their report said.

    The State Attorney's Office dropped the charge that May, saying "no sufficient evidence ... victim denies facts," according to a court document.

    On Sunday, Camiel told police he took the two children out of the car as Ervin and Lisha Davis struggled. At some point, she took off toward the house, he thought.

    Ervin then came around the car with a "silver-colored handgun," an arrest report said, and squeezed one round off at Camiel, missing him.

    Camiel grabbed the children and ran to a neighbor's driveway. As he turned, he saw Ervin shooting two or three times into the ground, though he couldn't see what he was shooting.

    Ervin kneeled briefly, then stood up and hollered, "I'm not afraid to go to prison! I'll kill this bitch!" according to the report. He fired perhaps three more times at the ground before driving off. But before he sped away, Ervin shouted to Camiel, "Catch you on the rebound." Camiel, who couldn't be reached Monday, dialed 911 on his cell phone.

    A neighbor said he walked over after Ervin left and saw Lisha on the ground, gasping and bleeding from the right ear, the report said. She was pronounced dead at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

    Ervin was soon stopped while driving north on Thomasville Road just across the Florida-Georgia border in Grady County. Police advised him of his rights, and he made "incriminating statements" to investigators, leading to his arrest, the report said.

    Copyright from the Tallahassee Democrat
    TO/EMT CVFD (1219)
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    Proud Member of IACOJ
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    9-11-01 Never Forget FDNY 343

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