JDC shooting leaves one dead, one injured

Published 1:37 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A double-shooting Monday afternoon in Jeff Davis County killed one and injured another.
The shooting took place on North Williamsburg Road at an old oil field sight around 3 p.m.
“There was a man and his wife with their two children in the car, the parents were both shot multiple times,” JDC Sheriff Ron Strickland said.
According to Strickland, the victim has been identified as Damos Daniels. Daniels was shot in the head and upper shoulder and pronounced dead at the scene.
“The two kids in the car were both uninjured, and were taken from the scene by a family member,” Strickland said.
Daniels’ wife was taken by ambulance with a known gunshot wound to her head and shoulder.
“At this time we are searching for a suspect. It is all still under investigation,” Strickland added.
Damos was previously an FBI informant who was on trial for murder for the 2010 shooting death of 29 year-old Kenroderick Jefferson.
Jefferson was gunned down in front of his home in the Lampton Community in Marion County on March 29, 2010.
Following the shooting, sheriff’s deputies searched Jefferson’s home and discovered more than 40 pounds of marijuana.
Daniels turned himself in and was taken to an unknown location by federal officials as he awaited trial.
“This was a very unusual case,”  District Attorney Hal Kittrell said in 2011. “It was a bizarre case to begin with all the parties involved and the players involved.”
Daniels’ defense team attempted to prove Daniels acted in self-defense, and the prosecution repeatedly pointed out that Daniels shot Jefferson, who was unarmed. The testimony fell apart when witness testimony became inconsistent on the stand.
“We also had witnesses that told us one story, and then changed it, or it was proven to be a lie,” Kittrell said.
“There was a point that we were looking at having to dismiss the case on our own, but the court in fact beat us to it,” Kittrell added.
Kittrell said the system works when everyone tells the truth, and he believes that is not what happened during this trial.
As a case of self-defense became clear, the direct verdict motion was granted and Daniels was effectively found not guilty of murder.

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