Davis pleads not guilty to murder of Maurice Colly
By Dwayne Bremer
Oct 15, 2013, 20:47
Hancock Deputy Eddie Hursey on Monday escorts murder suspect Glen Joseph Davis from court. Davis pled not guilty to three charges Monday, including the murder of Maurice Colly in March 2012.
Murder suspect Glen Joseph Davis on Monday pled not guilty in Hancock County Circuit Court to charges of murder, embezzlement, and grand larceny in connection with the March 2012 death of Bay St. Louis resident Maurice Colley.
Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois accepted the plea and set a trial date for April 7, 2014.
Davis, 44, was indicted in August.
Generally, defendants who are seeking to go to trial waive a formal arraignment; however, Davis and his attorney Phil Wittman asked the court to proceed with the arraignment.
The 10-minute hearing consisted of Assistant District Attorney Chris Daniel reading Davis' three indictments aloud and Bourgeois asking Davis how he wanted to plea.
Davis is accused of killing Colly, stealing some valuables from his home, and then taking a Waveland woman's car without her permission when he fled Bay St. Louis last April.
He was arrested on Aug. 17, 2012 and his preliminary hearing was conducted in Bay St. Louis Municipal Court on Sept. 19, 2012.
At the preliminary hearing, police said Davis killed Colly, stuffed his body in the trunk of his own car, and then skipped town.
Davis was on the lam for several months and featured on the nationally-televised show "America's Most Wanted."
Since being jailed, Davis has filed numerous motions with the court.
In August, he asked the court to remove his two appointed attorneys, Jim Davis and Cindy Burney.
Wittman was then assigned to represent him.
Davis has also filed a motion for a speedy trial and a Writ of Habeas Corpus, which claims his rights are being violated.
Both motions are still pending.
Now that Davis has been arraigned, the case will move into the discovery phase, where Davis and his attorney will have an opportunity to look at the state's evidence. If convicted, he faces life in prison.