Man charged in IMPD officer’s death faces death penalty

Major Davis Jr. escorted into court for initial appearance (WISH Photo)
Major Davis Jr. escorted into court for initial appearance (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The man charged in the death of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Perry Renn now officially faces the death penalty.

Earlier this month, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said he would seek the death penalty in Major Davis Jr.’s murder case. Davis is charged with murder, accusing of shooting and killing Officer Renn in July at 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue.

Davis had an appearance in a Marion County courtroom Tuesday morning where afterward officials confirmed to 24-Hour News 8 he now faces the death penalty.

“It is clear that there are those in our city who believe that our police officers are fair game,” Curry said earlier in August. “Make no mistake, we will prosecute you to the maximum extent possible under the law.”

Curry said there were two aggravating circumstances that support a death penalty case: that Davis killed Renn while Renn was on duty as a police officer, and that the murder was motivated by an act Renn performed while acting in the course of his duty as an officer.

A jury trial in Davis’ case is scheduled for Dec. 1.

This is the second death penalty case Curry has announced this summer. In July, he announced Kenneth Rackemann would face the death penalty if convicted in a quadruple murder.

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