Suspected Killer Arrested in Panhandle

By: Alex Zequeira Email
By: Alex Zequeira Email

The man sheriff's deputies in Jackson County Florida say brutally killed an innocent woman is behind bars.

The brutal murder happened several days ago inside a trailer on highway 90, near Marianna.

Inside that trailer, a woman was found by a relative, beaten to death on the floor and in this particular case, it was something that was stolen from the scene of the crime that helped law enforcement track down their suspect at the other end of the panhandle.

After a four day search for the suspected killer, police in Pensacola arrested 25 year old Harry James Davis.

Florida authorities say he is responsible for the brutal beating that killed 48-year old Peggy Allen Williams on Saturday, inside her.

Jackson County Sheriff, John McDaniel, says it all started when the van Davis was driving was left on the side of the road about a mile from Williams home.

"His vehicle broke down on him, in fact it ran out of gas, and was left abandoned there. So he went to the house and fro all indications he went in the house and apparently startled her or something," said Sheriff McDaniel.

Investigators say that confrontation turned violent, and that Davis proceeded to beat Williams with a blunt object, killing her.

"I think that what happened was that he went to go get money, and automobile or any kind of transportation... whatever he could get. And he was willing to do whatever was necessary to get what he wanted," said Sheriff McDaniel.

Authorities say after leaving Williams for dead, Davis took her car. After putting a BOLO out for that car, authorities received a tip that led authorities to Pensacola where they found Davis at his house, and arrested him

That red car that belonged to Williams has yet to be recovered.

Davis, who also has a criminal history, is currently facing one count of murder. A judge in Pensacola gave him a $1 million cash bond. Sheriff John McDaniel says Davis will be transported to the Jackson County Jail.


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