CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A guilty plea Monday puts a double murderer in prison for the rest of his life but spares him from death row.
In court, 50-year-old Scott Edwin Davis admitted guilt in the premeditated murders of 38-year-old Gabrielle Kinard and her 18-year-old son Anjelo on December 13, 2008 in Charlotte’s Hidden Valley neighborhood. Davis also pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder for shooting Kinard’s 15-year-old daughter Gabriella. A bullet grazed Gabriella in the cheek as she ran away.
Davis lived with the Kinard family on Thornwood Road. Gabrielle Kinard was the mother of Davis’ 5-month-old daughter at the time of the murder.
Davis shot Gabrielle Kinard twice in the neck and shot Anjelo in the head after an argument over a previous unreported assault and Davis losing his job and being asked to move out after living with the Kinard family for eight months.
Davis’ attorneys say he was also upset about the possibility of not being able to see his daughter as much if he couldn’t live with her.
"The heaviness of the whole situation (was) weighing on him,” said Davis’ defense attorney Terry Sherrill.
After the argument, Davis went into a bedroom, grabbed a gun and started shooting.
They say he premeditated the murders, if only for a minute or two. They had his confession, telling police he'd do it again.
Even with that, prosecutors agreed to the plea deal, sparing Davis' life in exchange for life in prison without parole.
It eliminates a lengthy trial, years of appeals and the family going through graphic testimony.
"The life sentence and having a guilty plea is a guaranteed result and at the end of the day, the best thing for the family is to have it over with,” said prosecutor Anna Greene with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.
Davis' attorneys figured he would be convicted on at least one if not both murder charges.
"At that point it's in the jury's hands whether he lives or dies,” Sherrill said.
Sherrill said his goal was saving Davis’ life and the deal does that.
Kinard family relatives told Davis they hope he lives 3,000 years in prison.
"To the end of time so that one of these days he understands what life if about,” Jheri Vidale said.
When given a chance to talk, Davis mumbled. His own attorney couldn't understand what he said.
Davis also had his parental rights terminated and the judge ordered Davis not to initiate contact with his daughter or victims' relatives.