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Three arrested in death of 10-year-old Davis

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR STAFF
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com
On Thursday morning, Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford held a press conference to confirm that two suspects had been arrested in the Tuesday morning drive-by shooting that left 10-year-old Lillyhanna Davis dead after the residence where she slept had 21 rounds fired into it according to court documents released Thursday.

A third suspect was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon after initially eluding capture and charged with the same offenses and awaits arraignment.

According to investigators, Jason Barber, 18, and Jediah Glover, 20, both of Jonesborough, were suspects in the shooting. Barber had been incarcerated for another shooting that happened on November 13 in the county and admitted to participating in the shooting.

While being interviewed, Barber admitted that he was in the vehicle accompanied by Glover and Zachary Scalf, the third suspect who was arrested Thursday.

Barber told the investigators that the shooting was planned and carried out as revenge for another shooting that occurred around the 100 block of Blevins Road on October 31, 2020, where a male victim was shot.

Davis was sleeping on the couch at the residence located at 121 Blevins Road when the suspects fired into the dwelling and claimed the Central Elementary student’s life after she had been transported to the hospital by Carter County EMS.

Lunceford said that a traffic stop and short pursuit on Wednesday evening were followed by interviews which helped to identify a location on Buchanan Road in Jonesborough where a search was conducted most of the night that led the Carter County Sheriff’s Department to arrest both Barber and Glover who were being held by the Washington County, Tennesse Sheriff’s Department.

They located the firearm used as well as a vehicle that was used at another shooting on Swimming Pool Road in Hampton which occurred previously.

Glover and Barber have been charged with the following in regard to the fatal shooting on Tuesday morning after being arraigned in Carter County General Sessions Court on Thursday morning: first-degree murder, possessing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, eight counts of reckless/aggravated assault, and criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

Barber and Glover had their bail set at $930,000 each and will be looking to hire their own attorneys in the case with a court date set for November 30.

Scalf’s initial bond was set at $900,000 while waiting to be arraigned on the same charges.

All three suspects are being held at the Carter County Detention Center.

In addition, there are further charges which Barber and Glover will be facing in relation to the Swimming Pool Road shooting including two counts of reckless endangerment/aggravated assault for both men along with an additional count of aggravated assault.

The Sheriff wanted to make sure the public understood that these shootings were all targeted shootings and there is no further danger to the public.

Lunceford thanked everyone who helped in the case including the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Elizabethton Police Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the district attorney, and all the citizens that had reached out with tips in the investigation.

He also added that a lot of work had been put in non-stop since the early Tuesday morning shooting.

With the arrests, the $3,000 reward has been canceled as well according to Sheriff Lunceford.