Woman accused of killing husband, then shooting herself in critical condition

Jermaine Davis (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
Jermaine Davis (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
Shellie Davis (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
Shellie Davis (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)

By Jack Kuenzie - bio | email

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The woman accused of killing her husband and trying to kill herself is in critical, but stable condition in a Charlotte-area hospital.

Deputies say Shellie Lavette Davis shot her husband in the back of the head, drove to Charlotte and then shot herself.

According to Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts, deputies were called to 2700 Feather Run Trail near West Columbia around 2:00 Tuesday afternoon at the request of Lexington County EMS.

A friend found 37-year-old Jermaine Denard Davis unresponsive in his bedroom at an apartment the two were sharing and called 911. Charlie Rice told deputies he went to Jermaine Davis' bedroom when he heard Davis' cell phone ringing repeatedly, Metts said.

Upon arriving, deputies found Davis on the floor with blood coming from his head. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies were not immediately able to determine the cause of Davis's injury.

An autopsy Thursday revealed Davis died of a gunshot wound to the head. Davis's death was ruled a murder.

According to investigators, Shellie Davis fatally shot her husband in the back of his head and drove to Charlotte where she met a female friend. Shellie Davis eventually drove to the home of a relative of the friend in Indian Trail, N.C.

While she was outside the home, Shellie Davis apparently shot herself once in the head with a handgun, according to Metts.

Shellie Davis was transported to Carolinas Medical Center at about 8:00pm Wednesday to receive medical treatment.

Metts said Davis had been involved in a dispute with Jermaine Davis earlier that day. The nature and circumstances of the dispute remain under investigation. The motive for the fatal shooting also remains under investigation.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for murder for Shellie Davis. Metts said deputies will take her into custody when she is released from the hospital. There is no word on her condition.

Detectives are continuing to investigate whether the handgun that Shellie Davis used to shoot herself in the head was the same gun used to kill Jermaine Davis, Metts said.

The couple had five children together, according to Metts. The oldest is 14 years old.  They lived together on Algrave Way in Richland County, but were estranged.

Davis is a realtor with ERA Wilder in Columbia, and her online per profile puts emphasis on her husband and family. "My husband and I decided to relocate to Columbia for the purpose of providing our children with the southern comforts of living," she wrote. "We wanted them to remember riding their bikes through the neighborhood or park until the street lights come on and Sunday strolls to get ice cream just to name a few. That is what being here has given us and more."

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