Gang Leader Convicted in ’09 Charlotte Murder

From The Charlotte Observer By April Bethea, February 2, 2013

A Charlotte man and gang leader will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted in a fatal shooting, according to prosecutors.

A jury found Marco Davis, 39, guilty Friday of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the 2009 killing.


Marco Davis

Superior Court Judge Robert Sumner sentenced Davis to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder charge. He also will serve a consecutive sentence of up to 29 years on the conspiracy charge, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office

In a release, the DA’s office said Childress was a gang leader who conspired with others to have 23-year-old Palo Childress killed.

Childress’ body was found in a small wooded area behind the Shamrock Gardens apartments on Aug. 10, 2009. Police initially said they believed robbery was a motive in the death. But a spokesman later said that Childress was a gang member who was killed by members of another gang.

Davis was one of four people charged in connection with Childress’ death. One of the other suspects, 24-year-old Warren Jae Avery, was also charged with murder and is still being held in the Mecklenburg County jail.

Published in: on February 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Are we sure that he is the one who really did it?


    • Apparently the Jury was.


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