Jury finds Scales guilty in Baker murders

A jury deliberated less than an hour Thursday before finding a 49-year-old man guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of his estranged wife and her male friend at the friend’s home in Baker.

An East Baton Rouge Parish jury of seven women and five men convicted Alfred Scales, of Baker, in the killing of Jamie “Chloe” Davenport, 33, and James Ledell Brown Sr., 44, on May 25, 2012, on Thomas Road.

“It is bittersweet. It doesn’t bring closure because there’s a hole that’s left in my family and in my heart,” Davenport’s mother, Louise Thomas, said after the verdicts were announced.

Jamie Davenport has a 14-year-old son, and three sisters and three brothers.

“Jamie was my baby girl,” Thomas added. “She was funny, humorous, always giving.”

Sharon Johnson, one of Brown’s two sisters, said her brother was a “hardworking man” who loved his family and his friends. Brown has three daughters and a son, and four brothers.

“He loved helping his friends. He opened up his door to Mrs. Davenport,” Johnson said.

“We are excited. We are happy. We feel like justice has been served,” she said. “It’s definitely closure for us. We got a better understanding of what happened.”

State District Judge Lou Daniel ordered a presentence investigation and also ordered Scales held without bond until he is sentenced Sept. 27. He faces a mandatory term of life in prison.

Davenport was shot four times; Brown was shot once.

Scales and Davenport had been together since about 2007, and married a few years later, Cassandra Stirgus, one of Davenport’s sisters, has said. Davenport had left Scales about three months before the shooting, she said.

Brown and Scales had been friends for at least three years, Brown’s son, James Brown Jr., has said. He also has said his father initially met Davenport through Scales, and they became “strictly platonic” friends.

Brown served his country in Panama and the Gulf War, his son has said.