Man Convicted of Murder; Gets Life In Prison

8-25-05 - A Lamar County jury convicted a man of murder and sentenced him to life in prison Thursday for the January 2004 killing of a flea market dealer.

Michael Dewayne "Tracy" Davis, 39, was found guilty of murdering 79-year-old Marvin Davis (no relation to the defendant) after the jury deliberated for one hour Thursday.

Sixth District Judge Jim Lovett immediately sentenced the defendant to life in prison. Lovett stacked the sentence on top of time left on parole from 1991 and 1994 convictions for burglary.

"That means he will not see a parole board for about 50 years," First Assistant County Attorney Lloyd Whelchel said in a press release.

The body of the murdered Davis was found in his trailer at Gene's Flea Market in Paris on January 8, 2005. A medical examiner testified Davis died of blunt force injuries and strangulation.

"Everyone has the right to a fair trial, and Mr. Davis certainly got his," District Attorney Gary Young said in a press release. "But now the rest of his life he will be able to think about what he did to the victim in this case."