No New Trial in Murder Case

During a pause in this week’s Civil Case, Circuit Court Judge Don Hocker yesterday heard matters from Criminal Court.

42-year-old Ronald Duyane Davis of 4149 Allen Bridge Road, Fountain Inn came before the bench yesterday, asking for a new trial. Last month, during a jury trial for the July 3rd, 2016 murder of 28-year-old Shana Renee Prophet of the same address, Davis entered a guilty plea. Before being sentenced, Davis swore to Judge Hocker that his plea was in no way coursed by anyone and was of his own free will. He stated he was guilty of the murder of Ms. Prophet. He told the court last month, “I had just tried to change my life around for the best. I hate that this happened. I want to apologize with all my heart, Shana was a wonderful girl.”

Judge Hocker sentenced Davis to 25 years, with credit for 633 days already served.

Yesterday, in a court appearance before Judge Hocker, Davis said that his family and Public Defender Chelsea Brooke McNeil had forced him into pleading guilty. Ms. McNeil, also present in the courtroom yesterday, denied this allegation from Davis. Deputy Solicitor Warren Mowery, Jr. was also present yesterday, and vouched for McNeil.

Davis made other statements that he said he believed would convince the judge to give him a new trial. Judge Hocker was not convinced, however, saying “That information has nothing to do with you getting a new trial.”

The request was denied, with the sentence to be served.