Three in Davis family facing charges

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


Michael Davis, 20, likely will spend the rest of his life behind bars for one of the worst mass murders in the city’s history, but his younger brothers and mother also are making themselves well-known to police.

James Davis, 18, and his brother Scott Davis, 19, both of Silliman Street, are in Mahoning County jail. The brothers are jailed on a list of charges associated with harassing, threatening and fighting neighbors.

Scott Davis faces two counts of felony intimidation as well as charges for unauthorized use of property, assault, aggravated menacing, resisting arrest and obstruction of official business. His bond was set at $100,000

He has a Friday court date before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court. He also is scheduled to appear Jan. 4 before Judge Robert Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court.

James Davis faces misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing, disorderly conduct, assault, obstruction of official business and resisting arrest. His bond is $40,000. He also is due back in court Jan. 4 before Judge Milich.

According to police, the brothers showed up at the Silliman Street home of a 20-year-old man in early November demanding to fight. The home’s residents told police they have been having problems with the Scott brothers for an extended period of time.

According to reports, the man and a female resident went out onto the porch to ask the brothers and their friends to leave when the Davis brothers began beating the man. The victim reportedly was left with a swollen eye, cut lip and broken eyeglasses.

Witnesses told police, the brothers then ran to their home when police had been notified. Officers did not find the men inside the house but did find the house in a state of disarray with animals and animal feces everywhere and a portable toilet in the living room with human waste inside.

The early November melee was not the first clash the Davis brothers had with the neighbor. They reportedly also started a fight with and threatened to shoot members of the same household after a female ran from the Davis home to the home of the victim asking for help.

The Davis brothers also are accused of firing a shot from a pellet gun at and pistol-whipping a 17-year-old Warren Avenue boy Nov. 7 on the South Side. The boy had been walking with his girlfriend, who has a sister who was in a relationship with one of the Davis brothers.

James and Scott Davis were arrested after police served a search warrant at their home three weeks ago. The brothers led officers on a foot chase through backyards in their neighborhood.

Ann Davis, 38, mother of the Davis brothers, has been charged with aggravated menacing. She is accused of going to the neighbors’ home, blaming them for having her sons arrested, then breaking several solar lights in the front yard.

Authorities said Scott Davis added to his legal troubles Nov. 29 when he reportedly cursed and threatened a couple sitting in the courtroom during one of his court appearances. Reports say Scott Davis threatened to kill the man and called the woman a foul name.

Michael A. Davis is serving time in prison for setting the East Side house fire that killed six people Jan. 23, 2008. He received a 310-year prison sentence from Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

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