Davis pleas guilty to murdering Laurel teacher - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Davis pleas guilty to murdering Laurel teacher

By Ontario Richardson - bio | email | Twitter

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The woman accused of murdering a Laurel teacher in 2008 changed her plea to guilty just 72 hours before the trial was scheduled to start.

Kenya Davis, 18, changed her plea of not guilty to guilty shortly before lunch on Friday. Davis admitted to murdering Rebecca Pruitt, who was a second-grade teacher at Mason Elementary.

Davis was murdered at her home during a robbery on Thanksgiving weekend of 2008.

Davis said she and her friend Ricky Gavin stabbed Pruitt several times for a flat-screen television and $30 dollars after Pruitt invited them into her home and fed them breakfast. They also stole the victim's vehicle.

Jones County District Attorney Tony Buckley said the guilty plea came as total shock.

Buckley said, "We were full-steam ahead ready for Monday, and this came at the last second. And I think it's because I had a water-tight case; we were ready to go forward and could not have done it without the police department."

Davis received a life sentence and will be eligible for parole at the age of 65. A trial date has not been set for Ricky Gavin.

©2009 WDAM. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Laurel Police want to warn you about counterfeit money

    Laurel police warn businesses of counterfeit money

    Laurel police warn businesses of counterfeit money

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:03 PM EST2017-11-22 04:03:11 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAM archivesPhoto credit: WDAM archives

    Laurel Police want to warn you about counterfeit money being used this holiday season. Recently, a man was taken down in Picayune after being sought after in the Pine Belt for passing fake money to area businesses. Captain Tommy Cox said, "Generally, it's 100 dollar bills. It comes in waves. We will get some and then it will kind of die down a little bit." But, recently Laurel Police Captain Tommy Cox said they have had several reports of fake money floating throughout are...

    More >>

    Laurel Police want to warn you about counterfeit money being used this holiday season. Recently, a man was taken down in Picayune after being sought after in the Pine Belt for passing fake money to area businesses. Captain Tommy Cox said, "Generally, it's 100 dollar bills. It comes in waves. We will get some and then it will kind of die down a little bit." But, recently Laurel Police Captain Tommy Cox said they have had several reports of fake money floating throughout are...

    More >>
  • Girl Scouts urging parents to not force kids to hug relatives, friends this holiday season

    Girl Scouts urging parents to not force kids to hug relatives, friends this holiday season

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:56 PM EST2017-11-22 03:56:45 GMT
    Source: Girlscouts.orgSource: Girlscouts.org

    As new sexual harassment stories made headlines everyday, one national organization has a message for parents this holiday season.  The Girl Scouts of USA issued a reminder on it's website for parents ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday when it comes to interaction between your children and other family members or friends at functions. The post is titled "Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays."  The "hugs" addressed in the...

    More >>

    As new sexual harassment stories made headlines everyday, one national organization has a message for parents this holiday season.  The Girl Scouts of USA issued a reminder on it's website for parents ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday when it comes to interaction between your children and other family members or friends at functions. The post is titled "Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays."  The "hugs" addressed in the...

    More >>
  • Mississippi Ag Player of the Week: Hattiesburg wide receiver Darius Ruffin

    Mississippi Ag Player of the Week: Hattiesburg wide receiver Darius Ruffin

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:07 PM EST2017-11-22 03:07:26 GMT

    For a team putting up 49 points a game, Hattiesburg High isn’t lacking in offensive talent. ...

    More >>

    For a team putting up 49 points a game, Hattiesburg High isn’t lacking in offensive talent. ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly