Prosecutor seeks death penalty in murder of Officer Renn

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry will seek the death penalty in Major Davis Jr.’s murder case.

Davis is charged with murder, accusing of shooting and killing IMPD Officer Perry Renn in July at 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue.

“It is clear that there are those in our city who believe that our police officers are fair game,” Curry said. “Make no mistake, we will prosecute you to the maximum extent possible under the law.”

Curry said that statement after mentioning that in the past 18th months there have been 22 instances in which IMPD officers were shot at. Two times, the officers responding to the scene didn’t survive.

25-year-old Davis was shot as well, but he survived. Now, he faces the ultimate punishment of death.

“No one relishes in this process, no one wants to be here,” said Rick Snyder, First Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police #86. “But someone made the decision that caused us all to be here.”

Curry said there were two aggravating circumstances that support a death penalty case: that Davis killed Renn while Renn was on duty as a police officer, and that the murder was motivated by an act Renn performed while acting in the course of his duty as an officer.

Last September, IMPD Officer Rod Bradway was also shot and killed in the line of duty.

Snyder said Tuesday’s difficult decision was for both of those officers and any others who put their lives on the line to protect the public.

“It’s very important for our officers and their families to know that if those officers are willing to go out there and risk it all for all of us, that if someone should choose to do to harm to them, that they’ll be held fully accountable for making that decision,” he said.

Renn’s wife, Lynn, released this statement:

I want to thank Prosecutor Terry Curry and his office for their careful consideration of all the facts before making this difficult decision. He has personally kept me informed and consulted me throughout the entire process. I also want to thank my family, the community, FOP Lodge #86, Chief Hite, and my IMPD family for their continued support and encouragement during this tough time.

IMPD Police Chief Rick Hite said he appreciates the diligence surrounding the case put together by the Marion County Prosecutors Office. Hite also added “we, like all citizens are seeking justice, closure and peace.”

Davis’ next schedule court appearance is September 3rd for a pretrial.

This is the second death penalty case Curry has announced this summer. In July, he announced Kenneth Rackemann would face the death penalty if convicted in a quadruple murder.

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