Advocate staff writer
March 05, 2013
The accused triggerman in a fatal shooting and attempted robbery in the summer near LSU surrendered to authorities Sunday night at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, authorities said Monday.
Jerron Nicholas Davis, 22, 12236 Troy Ave., Baton Rouge, was linked to the Aug. 6 shooting death of Travis Holland, 24, through DNA evidence, according to court filings. Davis turned himself in at 8:50 p.m. Sunday and was booked with one count of first-degree murder, Baton Rouge police Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said.
The shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. outside the Pueblo Apartments on Wyoming Street after Holland stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, police said. Davis and his alleged accomplice, Deldrige Robinson, 17, approached Holland and demanded he “give them his belongings,” according to a warrant.
When Holland refused, the warrant says, Davis and Robinson tried to force him inside his apartment. Holland was fatally shot in the abdomen while struggling to keep the attackers out, the warrant says.
Holland stumbled inside his home and fell to the floor after he was shot, police have said. The victim was taken to a hospital where he later died. Holland’s fiancé e witnessed the shooting and identified Davis in a photo lineup, the warrant says.
The State Police Crime Lab found Davis’ DNA on an unidentified item found at the crime scene, the warrant says. “Detectives were able to locate several items at the crime scene that supported witness accounts that the struggle took place in front of the victim’s apartment door,” the warrant states.
Robinson admitted in an interview with detectives that he and Davis planned to rob Holland, the warrant says, and that Davis pulled the trigger during the robbery try. Robinson was indicted by a grand jury last year on a second-degree murder charge.