Dealer charged with second degree murder takes last minute plea deal

(Source: Alexandria Police Department)
(Source: Alexandria Police Department)(KALB)
Published: May. 8, 2018 at 2:53 PM CDT
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Kendrick Davis, the Alexandria man charged with second degree murder, possession of CDS II with the intent to distribute, and firearm possession by a felon for the the February 2017 overdose death of Lillie Harvey, 28, has taken a last minute plea deal offered by the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. Davis was identified by police as Harvey's dealer. Jury selection was supposed to start on Tuesday after Davis turned down another deal on Monday.

Davis pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, distribution of CDS II/Fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute CDS I/heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. When asked by News Channel 5 about how many years Davis will receive for taking the plea deal, prosecutor Brian Mosley said it depended on the victim impact statement from Harvey's family.

In all prior experience that News Channel 5 has had covering plea deals, the arrangement for sentencing was made at the time the deal was signed. News Channel 5 made multiple attempts to be allowed in the courtroom when the deal was made, which is public record, but the doors remained locked.

Had Davis been convicted of second degree murder, his most serious charge, he would have received life in prison. A conviction of negligent homicide carries a maximum sentence of five years.

Here's a quote from District Attorney Phillip Terrell from February 2017 when Davis was arrested about his plan to prosecute Davis: "When the file gets to the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office, we're going to prosecute it as vigorously as we can."

The case was prosecuted by Brian Mosley. Chad Guillot was the defense attorney.

Sentencing is set for Friday at 9:30 a.m.