Winston man charged with murder pleads not guilty

Winston man charged with murder pleads not guilty
Donald Davis

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The man accused of shooting another man in a Winston trailer park pleaded not guilty to both charges against him this week.

Donald Davis, 38, of Winston, is accused by authorities in the February shooting that left Robert Williams, 30, of Winston, dead.

In a probable cause affidavit filed with the Circuit Court, Winston police say officers were called to 38 S. Main Street in Winston on February 8, for a report of a shooting.

When officers arrived, they say they found Williams lying on his bed with a gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities say Williams was still breathing when they arrived, but was pronounced dead when he was taken to the hospital.

The court documents state that Davis had looked out his window around 2:45 am and saw his wife's car parked at Williams' residence.

A witness told police that he saw Davis walking towards the trailer, when Davis asked him where his wife was. The man told Davis his wife was inside the trailer and then followed Davis, police said.

Authorities say Davis went inside the trailer, found his wife and Williams in the bedroom and then fired a shot from a handgun at Williams.

Police say Davis took off, but was found at about 10:00 am at a residence on Ray's Lane in Tenmile.

Davis was charged by authorities with murder and first degree manslaughter.

Davis pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Kathleen Johnson from the Douglas County District Attorney's office says the trial has been set for March 31, 2015.

Johnson said there may be some hearings between now and then.

Davis is being represented by Elizabeth Baker out of Eugene.