Oxon Hill teens charged in death of 18-year-old man

March 08, 1992|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer

For two weeks, Jim and Judy Davies prayed for their 18-year-old son to return.

Late Friday night, their vigil ended when Prince George's County police charged two Oxon Hill teen-agers in the slaying of Jeffrey Davies, who disappeared Feb. 19 after telling his parents he planned to visit some friends in the neighborhood.

Luther Smith, 17, and Derek Cornhill Darby, 19, were being held without bond on first-degree murder charges yesterday in the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro.

Prince George's police still were searching yesterday for Jeffrey Davies' body and a motive for his killing. Helicopters and police dogs have combed the woods near the family's home in Forest Heights, a police spokesman said.

"We're very shaken," said Mrs. Davies, 43. "There were all kinds of rumors going around, but this is still a shock. We're still trying to sort it out."

A 1991 graduate of Oxon Hill High School, Jeffrey Davies was described by his mother as a "friendly, outgoing" teen-ager with a "wry sense of humor." He was the couple's only surviving child. Their other son died of leukemia at age 4 in 1975.

In the past weeks, Mrs. Davies has stayed home from work, waiting next to the phone and hoping against hope that her son would call.

Now, the Davies' only hope is that their son's body will be recovered so they can give him a proper burial. "We'd like to

have a funeral," Mrs. Davies said.

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