Updated: Charlottesville Jury Hearing Murder Case Against Husaun Stinnie
The man accused of fatally shooting Shawn E. Davis is standing trial in Charlottesville Circuit Court. Husaun Stinnie is charged with 2nd-degree murder.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The man accused of fatally shooting 45-year-old Shawn Evan "Lucky" Davis is standing trial in Charlottesville Circuit Court.
Attorneys began questioning 50 potential jurors around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, to hear the case against 19-year-old Husaun Stinnie. A jury of eight women and five men was seated at 11:30 a.m.
Stinnie is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in a felony. The defendant has previously testified he fired a gun, but said it was an act of self-defense.
Assistant Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorneys Areshini Pather and Nina Antony said Davis was dating Stinnie’s sister, and the couple had gotten into an argument in a parking lot on South First Street on the evening of September 11, 2017. The defendant had intervened, getting into a verbal argument with Davis.
The confrontation escalated, and the commonwealth said Stinnie fired five shots from a small caliber revolver. Davis was hit in the left arm on the left side of his chest.
The Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) had previously stated that Davis had only a gunshot wound to the chest.
The Brooklyn-area man was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center Emergency Room, where he was pronounced dead. He was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
The commonwealth told jurors Stinnie fled the scene and attempted to get rid of the gun. Investigators found the weapon near the train tracks close to the Shell gas station on Preston Avenue three days later.
Stinnie’s attorney, Buddy Weber, is arguing that his client acted in self-defense, and not malice. Weber said the criminal act must be malicious for it to be considered second-degree murder.
CPD Officer Charles Davis testified that he was the first to arrive to the scene of the shooting. He told the court he discovered Davis and the victim’s family members at the scene, and noted the gunshot wounds to the abdomen and left arm.
Footage from Officer Davis’ body camera was played in court. Jurors also watched a video between Stinnie and a CPD detective, where the defendant claimed he had seen his sister and Davis fight multiple times. In that tape, Stinnie said he jumped in to protect his sister.
Stinnie was taken into custody without incident by the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office on September 24, 2017.
The commonwealth called six people to the witness stand during the first day or trial.
The trial is scheduled to last for a total of three days, and will not be in session on Wednesday, July 4.