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UPDATED: Lynchburg teen found guilty of first-degree murder

17-year-old Kenneth Davis is facing murder charges for the beating death of George Baker, III last September

March 10, 2011|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief
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UPDATED 12:04 p.m.

A jury has been seated for the case of Kenneth Davis.

In opening arguments, prosecutors said there were three weapons used to kill George Baker, III and that Davis was one of those weapons.  They said Davis encountered Baker on Main Street September 5, 2010.  Baker asked Davis for directions to a bar, using an expletive in his question.  Attorneys say that expletive sent Davis into a rage.

Defense Attorney Gordon Peters said Baker's murder was "a stupid, 16 year old prank that went horribly wrong."

Prosecutors are seeking a first degree murder conviction against Davis.  They plan to have Davis' co-defendant, 16-year-old Vernon Jackson, testify against Davis in exchange for a reduced charge of second degree murder.

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ORIGINAL STORY

Lynchburg attorneys are selecting a jury for the case of a teenager, accused of beating an elderly stranger to death last fall.

Kenneth Davis is charged with murder in the death of George Baker the third last September.

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Baker, who was from Arizona, was in Lynchburg for his granddaughter's wedding.

Police say Davis and two other boys attacked him as he was walking up Main Street.

Davis is 17, but he's being tried as an adult.  His trial is scheduled to last two days.

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