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Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - November 2008
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Man Sentenced To Life in Prison
Houston County Courier - November 2008
By Jessica Zwar
District Attorney's Office

Eric Lamond Davis, 22 of Grapeland was convicted of first degree murder on Tuesday, Nov. 25 in the 349th Judicial District Court by a Houston County jury. 
Davis was charged with intentionally or knowingly shooting Betty Cruz in the head on July 5 with a revolver resulting in her death.  The shooting occurred in her apartment in Grapeland following her ending their relationship the day before.
After five days of testimony from witnesses and submission of evidence, a guilty verdict was handed down by the jury. 
The punishment phase of the trial resulted in Davis receiving life in prison. 
Under the law in this case, if the defendant is sentenced to a term of imprisonment, he will not become eligible for parole until the actual time served equals one-half of the sentence imposed or 30 years, whichever is less, without consideration of any good conduct time he may earn. 
Eligibility for parole does not guarantee that parole will be granted. 
According to Houston County District Attorney David Cervantes, justice was served to the victims involved in this tragedy.  Five young children lost their mother because of the conduct of Davis.      
“I would like to thank Houston County Assistant District Attorney, Donald Larkin and my Investigator, Clayton Smith for all of their hard work and tenacity involved in this case. 
"I would also like to thank Sgt. Justin Killough of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and Chief Roger Dickey of the Grapeland Police Department for their time and patience regarding this case.   Also all of the witnesses involved in testifying on behalf of the State of Texas,” Cervantes said. 



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