By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – A preliminary hearing on Friday for the Corinth man charged with murder in the death of Karson Stewart found there is sufficient evidence for him to be charged and for the case to be presented to the grand jury.
Stewart, 22, died March 26, after being shot while sitting behind the wheel of her car at an unoccupied residence at 602 Martin Luther King Drive, Corinth. Police arrested the suspect at the scene.
Demarlen Obryan Davis, 25, appeared before municipal Judge John C. Ross to hear evidence against him.
The investigating officer, Corinth Detective Dell Green, took the witness stand and responded to questions from city prosecutor Tom Sweat and defense attorney Clay Nails.
Green identified witnesses who said Davis had threatened Stewart’s life earlier the day of her death, and who also said they saw him with a handgun.
A .32-caliber handgun was found in a drainage pipe near the site of the shooting, but ballistics tests, an autopsy and other scientific evidence are not yet available.
Green said the police were in possession of both Davis’ and Stewart’s cellphones, and both phones contained text messages from Davis threatening Stewart’s life on the day of the shooting.
Green also testified Davis gave two contradictory statements to police, first saying he knew nothing of the shooting and that someone else must have done it. Later, Davis said he was trying to get the gun from a console between the car seats when it accidentally fired, hitting Stewart in the face.
Davis remains jailed in Tishomingo County with $300,000 bond on the murder charge and $50,000 bond for possession of a gun by a felon.
The next grand jury is scheduled to convene May 28.