Wilson suspect dead in apparent suicide

A man wanted on a child sex abuse charge in Wilson County took his own life Tuesday, according to Sheriff Robert Bryan. Federal marshals and deputies from both Wilson and Rutherford counties went to the Smyrna home of Jason Todd Davis, 48, 540 Anderson Ave., after Davis failed to show in W...
Nov 16, 2012


Jason T. Davis

A man wanted on a child sex abuse charge in Wilson County took his own life Tuesday, according to Sheriff Robert Bryan.

Federal marshals and deputies from both Wilson and Rutherford counties went to the Smyrna home of Jason Todd Davis, 48, 540 Anderson Ave., after Davis failed to show in Wilson County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

“Officers attempted several times to make contact with Mr. Davis with no response whatsoever,” said Bryan. “Officers entered the residence, and as soon as they entered the door, they heard a shot.”

According to Rutherford County Detective Chuck Thomas, assigned to the U.S. Marshals Task Force, officers found Davis with a gunshot wound lying on his back holding a rifle.

A Wilson County grand jury indicted Davis on Dec. 13 on one count of aggravated sexual battery, according to Tom Swink, assistant district attorney for the 15th Judicial District.

“The incident occurred in Lebanon on Aug. 28, 2011 and was investigated by the Lebanon Police Department,” said Swink in an email.

Davis was released in August on $10,000 bond, according to Swink.

Davis was scheduled to appear for pre-trial motions Tuesday. When he failed to appear, the judge automatically issued an arrest warrant, according to Bryan.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the case.

Staff writer Sara McManamy-Johnson can be reached at 615-444-3952, ext. 16 or sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com.

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