Charges against delegate's son dropped Clarence R. Davis is no longer accused in Jan. 30 slaying

April 01, 1997|By William E. Thompson Jr. and Kate Shatzkin | William E. Thompson Jr. and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

City prosecutors said yesterday they were dropping a first-degree murder charge against the son of a state delegate accused of participating in the killing two months ago of an East Baltimore man.

Assistant State's Attorney Donald Giblin noted insufficient evidence as the reason for not proceeding against Clarence R. Davis, 30, a corrections officer and son of Del. Clarence Davis of Baltimore. The younger Davis had been charged in the death of Thomas "Blue" Jowers, 37, who was killed Jan. 30 during a robbery attempt in the 1900 block of E. 30th St.

"We're still actively pursuing this investigation," Giblin said, refusing to elaborate on the details of the decision. He added that no one else had been charged in the crime.

Curtis S. Anderson, an attorney with the firm representing Davis, said he advised prosecutors his client will cooperate fully in the investigation and provide any information he can, including testifying against suspects.

He said he was not given details about the state's attorney's decision and added that Davis still could face charges in connection with the killing.

The younger Davis, flanked by his parents and holding one of his three sons at a news conference yesterday, expressed relief.

"I feel great about the charges being dropped, and about being able to get back to my life and raising my three sons," he said.

The elder Davis also said he is pleased the charges were dropped. The legislator, who is known for his tough stance on crime, said the experience was difficult for his family.

"Needless to say, I'm elated. My wife and I and my entire family have gone through an entire ordeal -- an ordeal by fire," Davis said. "But you never give up on your kids."

Five weeks ago, police arrested Davis and charged him in the slaying of Jowers. Police said Davis drove three unidentified men to Jowers' house and waited in the car as one of them went with a gun to the front porch. Two shots were fired, one of which killed Jowers when it struck him in the chest, police said.

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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