Testimony ends early during third day of trial

May 4, 2019

KANKAKEE — A motion by the defense in regard to a prosecution witness set to testify brought a quick end to the third day of the attempted murder trial of Troy J. Davidson Jr. on Thursday.

Following the testimony of an Illinois State Police forensic scientist and an administrator for the Kankakee County Corrections Department, Bart Beals, Davidson’s attorney, made a motion to Judge Clark Erickson barring prosecutors from asking Kankakee Police Detective Joseph Martinez about what he heard while listening to a taped phone call Davidson made from jail to a cousin.

The conversation dealt with Davidson asking the cousin to return his cellphone that he left at her home in Champaign in December 2017, according to prosecutors.

Martinez was the next witness prosecutors were going to call to testify. He is the lead investigator in the case.

Erickson recessed the trial early to allow attorneys to prepare for arguments today. He will then decide whether it can be used or not. The jury is expected to begin deliberating later today.

Davidson, 34, is accused of shooting the 38-year-old victim on Nov. 1, 2017. Prosecutors said the shooting was an attempt to silence the victim before he could testify in another shooting case from earlier that year in which he also was the victim.

If found guilty, Davidson is facing a mandatory sentence of 31 years to life.

Cousins Zevez Murrell and Brandon Murrell are both charged with aggravated intimidation and intimidation in the case.

The victim and his girlfriend, Rebecca Beland, were outside near his car when Davidson is alleged to have jumped out of another vehicle parked on the street and opened fire, striking the victim 11 times in his right leg, two or three times in his right arm and once in his genital area.

Assistant State’s Attorneys Daniel Reedy and Erika Hamer are prosecuting the case. Beals and fellow Chicago attorney Cierra N. Norris represent Davidson.