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Change of Venue Requested in Davis Case


A Bryan man charged with capital murder doesn't think he can get a fair trial in Brazos County.

Defense attorneys for Willie Davis, 66, filed a request for a change of venue Thursday, claiming Davis won't be able to get a fair trial due to extensive media coverage in the case.

Davis is charged with capital murder stemming from the August 7, 2003, shooting death of Tommy Andrade. He is accused of driving two injured hitmen across state lines in his tour bus following the shooting.

Davis was arrested in March 2004 and charged with tampering with evidence. He was arrested again March 2, 2006, after a grand jury indicted him on a capital murder charge as well.

Davis' two sons are currently serving time for the crime. Chad Davis was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of capital murder. His younger brother, Trey, was sentenced to 40 years after pleading guilty to burglary and robbery.

Andrade and a third hired gunman died that night in what police described as a drug deal gone wrong.

Another pre-trial hearing is scheduled for December 11. Judge J.D. Langley in the 85th District Court is expected to make a decision on the change of venue request following the hearing.


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