Originally created 01/09/01

1999 slaying case goes before jurors

A Richmond County Superior Court jury began hearing evidence Monday in a September 1999 homicide.

Michael Kidd, 26, has pleaded innocent to felony and malice murder and weapons charges in the Sept. 17, 1999, shooting death of 23-year-old Ronald Davenport.

Mr. Kidd intends to prove to the jury the issue was self-defense, attorney Peter Johnson told the jury Monday in his opening statement.

"Ronald Davenport was shot with his own gun, a gun he brought to the scene," and a gun he intended to use on Mr. Kidd, the defense attorney said.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Carlson told the jury in his opening statement that Mr. Kidd was the predator the night he hunted down Mr. Davenport and shot him in the back.

The shooting could not have happened the way Mr. Kidd said it did, the prosecutor told the jury. Mr. Davenport couldn't have been shot in the back if the two men struggled face to face over a gun, Mr. Carlson said. And if it was self-defense, Mr. Kidd could have called police instead of fleeing the scene and throwing the weapon away.

Both sides agreed Mr. Kidd followed Mr. Davenport to the American Legion parking lot on Highland Avenue.

Mr. Kidd has been held without bond since his September 1999 arrest. A trial two months ago ended in a mistrial.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226.


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