An accused sex offender who failed to show up for a motion date in Wilson County court on Tuesday killed himself as federal marshals and deputies from two counties moved in to arrest him for failing to appear.
Jason Todd Davis, 49, of Anderson Ave. in Smyrna, had been indicted in December on charges of sexual battery of a minor less than 13 years old by Lebanon Police, according to Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.
“He had been through a preliminary hearing, was indicted, arraigned and had (pre-trial motions) set for Tuesday,” Bryan explained.
The judge in the case issued a bench warrant for Davis’ arrest, and authorities with the U.S. Federal Marshal’s Service, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office moved in Tuesday to arrest him at his home.
“When they arrived, they found his vehicle parked outside,” Bryan said.
Rutherford County Detective Chuck Thomas, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, said he and other officers entered the home and heard a gunshot come from a back bedroom.
Thomas said officers found Davis on his back in the bedroom with a gunshot wound. He was holding a rifle.
Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services paramedics were called to the scene, along with supervisors with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation also responded to the scene to offer its assistance, according to TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm.
“We did not open an investigation,” Helm said.
An investigation into Davis’ death would only be launched if requested by the Rutherford County District Attorney’s Office, according to Helm.
So far, no request has been made, she said.
Bryan said the situation was dangerous, and officers were lucky that the incident didn’t turn into a shootout with police.
“You just never know what is going through someone’s mind in a situation like this,” he said. ..Source.. by Mark Bell
Wilson suspect dead in apparent suicide
A man wanted on a child sex abuse charge in Wilson County took his own life Tuesday, according to Sheriff Robert Bryan.
Federal marshals and deputies from both Wilson and Rutherford counties went to the Smyrna home of Jason Todd Davis, 48, 540 Anderson Ave., after Davis failed to show in Wilson County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
“Officers attempted several times to make contact with Mr. Davis with no response whatsoever,” said Bryan. “Officers entered the residence, and as soon as they entered the door, they heard a shot.”
According to Rutherford County Detective Chuck Thomas, assigned to the U.S. Marshals Task Force, officers found Davis with a gunshot wound lying on his back holding a rifle.
A Wilson County grand jury indicted Davis on Dec. 13 on one count of aggravated sexual battery, according to Tom Swink, assistant district attorney for the 15th Judicial District.
“The incident occurred in Lebanon on Aug. 28, 2011 and was investigated by the Lebanon Police Department,” said Swink in an email.
Davis was released in August on $10,000 bond, according to Swink.
Davis was scheduled to appear for pre-trial motions Tuesday. When he failed to appear, the judge automatically issued an arrest warrant, according to Bryan.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the case. ..Source.. by Sara McManamy-Johnson