Nearly 22 years ago, a Lubbock DPS Trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty. Now, his killer is up for parole and his mother is fighting to keep the killer in prison, and a Lubbock City Councilman is hoping to mobilize our community behind her fight.
Trooper Jerry Don Davis was shot and killed while making what started as a routine traffic stop. He was just 25-years-old at the time. After three days on the run, his killer was caught in Kansas, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Now he's up for parole, something Davis' mother has dreaded for 22 years. Jerry's mother Joyce is still broken hearted. "Sometimes I sleep and sometimes I don't. Because this was my child and, you know, you don't get over your children," says Joyce Davis.
Jerry Davis' killer, Billy Wayne Alexander, had a .357 magnum and shot Davis once in the face. Alexander then fled the scene, but was eventually caught. After a 13 week change of venue trial in Abilene, he was convicted of Capital Murder. Only one juror voted against the death penalty, but as a result Alexander was sentenced to life in prison. "He chose to put a bullet in the gun, point it to my son's head and shoot it. I just think he should stay in prison and never come home. My son's not coming home from Resthaven," says Joyce.
Under Texas law that existed at that time, Alexander would be eligible for parole after 20 years of confinement and every two years after that. Two years ago, his first request for parole was denied. Now he's up for parole once again. "It's my feeling that a cop killer, someone who kills a police officer in cold blood, if they don't get the death penalty, they deserve to spend the rest of their natural life in prison," says Lubbock City Councilman and former San Marcos and Grapevine police chief Tom Martin. Martin says the only way to accomplish that in this case is to mobilize our community every two years behind an effort to write members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles asking them to keep Alexander in prison.
On Thursday, Joyce Davis will be a special guest at the regular city council meeting as Martin calls on the council to pass a resolution opposing Alexander's release from prison as long as he lives. "The parole board will look at a number of factors and one of the factors they weigh very heavily is what is the opinion of the community," says Martin.
"There's nothing else he can do to my family. I don't want him out doing this to someone else's," says Davis.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole
P.O. Box 13401
Austin, Texas 78711-3401
Refer to the case of Billy Wayne Alexander Jr., TDC # 00315957