Suspects Plead Guilty to Caraway Death

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Leading off the group of convicted murderers is 21-year-old D'Anthony Davis, charged with accessory after the fact, followed by Marcus Anderson, 20, Antonio Chapman, 20, Antshawn Davis, 19 and Eric Mosley, 17. All of their lives are wasted over a pack of cigarettes.

"I hate to this fact ,that this situation happened to that poor man, but now I've got to be myself," said Linda Harrison, the mother of three of the defendants who entered guilty pleas in the death of David Caraway, a homeless man, found in an alley in June 2009.

"I tried to do my best to raise my children," said Harrison. "I don't have no one with me. All three of my sons, they are all I had. They are all I had and I don't know what I'm going to do without them."

While Harrison is grieving the loss of her sons, the district attorney's office has been working to bring justice in Caraway's death. The retired history teacher was brutally beaten and left to die in an alley way behind Hope Village Thrift Store.

"It's really sad," said district attorney, Bilbo Mitchell. "They are young and they have been sentenced to life. Really just one horrible act caused Mr. Caraway to lose his life and then the other people to spend their life in prison."

Because he was convicted of accessory after the fact, D'Anthony Davis will serve 12 years. The other four men should get used to walking in chains.

"There is a statute in Mississippi that enables someone who is serving a life sentence, if they serve at least 15 years and they reach the age of 65, then they can petition the court for an early release," said Mitchell. "But that is a long way off for the guys."

According to the district attorney's office, the cases were strong and could have been won at trial also.


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  • by MHS Concerned Student Location: Meridian on Jun 8, 2010 at 01:44 PM
    THEY GUYS WERE NOT ViCE LORDS && iKNEW DHAT 4 A FACT!!!! NO MATTER iF THEY WERE iN A GANG OR NOT iT WAS AN HONEST MiSTAKE AND iF THEY GET TiME, WELL BE IT BUT iKNO DHEY ARE SiNCERELY SORRY && iAM 2!!!
  • by MHS Concerned Student Location: Meridian on Jun 8, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    This comes to show you how people talk and dont know the entire story. Iam a MHS student and 3 of those boys were actually my classmates once upon a time and i know for a fact they were not the violent type. They were sincere and generous. They should check the background of the boys before making a judgement. I personally knew one of the boys and it was sad that he was there because he didn't do it. He was just at the wrong place, at the wrong time. My Heart truly goes out to Eric Mosley and his family. Yhu will always be in my heart Eric. Keep yhur head up and remain strong because we are holding it down for yhu out here. Also to Antshawn, Antonio, and DA. Yhu will never be forgotten and may God Bless yhur mom Linda because she has to suffer the most. Just pray about everything and the outocme will be great. I love yhu guys and i will certainly live my life in legacy and rememberance of yhu all. Everything positive i do is just for yhu all. MHS Concerned Student CSL
  • by aNoNyMoUs Location: Meridian on Jun 2, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    @ Resident just because these young men are off the streets doesnt make it safer.The streets are never going to be a safe place as long as there are all types of people in the world.What these young men did was wrong.Judgemental people are as guilty as they are.There are two sides to every story so if it really was over a pack of cigarettes,street cred or whatever else no one knows the real reason but God,Mr.Caraway,and those young men.
  • by wow Location: meridian on May 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    wow...why is everyone so racist. it does not matter if they are black or white..they killed an innocent man. colored people give themselves a bad name. not all of them but MOST of them. Its not about the color anyway its about how you raise your children. If you raise your child right you would not have to worry about them doing things like this. And to the person who said a white girl didnt serve time when she ran over someone on north hills and she was drinking i understand your point but these boys intentionally hurt this innocent man thats why they are serving this long. so stop fussing about the color its not the color of your skin its just the law and the law is not fair..we people who work our ___ off have to pay tax for lazy bums like you who are _______ about how much time they serve.
  • by Concern Parent Location: Meridian on May 26, 2010 at 07:23 PM
    @ Me How old r ur child when ur child is not around u u don't know what it will do so u can't down a mother 4 her child. I don't know the family but my heart goes out to them and I guaranteed in about 15 or 20 years the ones on here insulting these young men and they parents will be in the news with they kids doing something they don't have no business and yall saying the same thing and feeling the same ways she do. On the other hand I want 2 say it was life because he was white if he was black they would have only gotten 5 or 10 if that. Just around the time this happen 2 young mens was also charged with a murder of a homeless black man and didn't get hardly no time so if These were my boys I would go to a higher court and appeal using the same prejudice. Maybe before u judge people look inside the book not at the cover it may be old and torn but interesting on the inside.
  • by rose red on May 26, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    Applaud you Lack if knowledge for every word you said. Thank you for standing up for what you believe & telling it like it is. Right is right & wrong is wrong... may justice be served. That man didn't deserve to die for a pack of cigarettes or whatever. I worked hard at getting my children ready for the world & preparing them for the future. Yes, they made bad choices sometimes, but they did mature & take on responsibility. Respect has to be taught & earned. It doesn't seem like they had/have respect for anyone. My prayers are with the families, but that man didn't deserve to die the way he did. If you sympathize with the boys, I believe your sympathies are misplaced. They need to spend every minute of time they received.
  • by Lack if knowledge on May 26, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    Honestly ppl do ur research when u get charge with capitol murder u have 2 option life in prison or death..That was a senseless murder. I agree with every1 who knew these guys was in a gang again was it really 4 d cigarettes or 4 d street credit. And for the mother I can't say she did all she could don't know her but what I do know is there is more single parent household than eva b4 so mothers are having to play the role of both parents. I have a teenage son whose not in a gang has goals attend school and getting ready for graduation; not because he has this wonderful father in his life but as a mother I knew I din't want my son to be in the streets so I took out the needed time and attention my child needed.. So plse as one blk person 2 another stop pulling the race card thx about a innocent man who I know probaly didn't bother nobody who lost his life because these kids choose to be ignorant..
  • by stacy Location: stonewall on May 26, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    no yall should put yall self in linda shoes if it were ur children regardless what they have done are doing we wouldnt our child to kill and i dont think its right and it dont take the rest of their lives its a chance for them believe that man said life god didnt !i just dont believe id the man were black they wouldnt got all that time ____ i know folks done killed folks didnt do day in prison and i know my brother n law took this child life in waynesboro he had just gradurated and he didnt get but 20yrs ... he about to get out in 3years what and these guys get life they didnt have a father but they have a mom that tried and done her best and im not going to go back an forth on here goodluck and have a blessful day
  • by Big Kahuna Location: All over on May 26, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    Great job justice, kids nowadays are out of control, no morals, no ethics, just do whatever feels good. Again great job!
  • by CONCERNED Location: MERIDIAN on May 25, 2010 at 10:50 PM
    I DON'T THINK THE MOTHER SHOULD BE BLAMED IN THIS SITUATION, YOU CAN RAISE YOUR KIDS TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY AND THEY STILL CAN AND WILL MAKE THE WRONG DECISIONS AND CHOICES. IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO THE CHOICES WE MAKE. MY KING JAMES BIBLE TELLS ME THAT THY SHALL NOT KILL, THAT'S NOT OUR CHOICE TO MAKE BUT MY FATHER IS A FORGIVING FATHER AND A LOVING FATHER AND DESPITE ALL THE THINGS WE DO HE IS STILL THERE FOR US AND HE WILL FORGIVE. INSTEAD OF POINTING FINGERS WE SHOULD BE PRAYING FOR BOTH FAMILIES, WE ALL HAVE SINNED AND FELL SHORT. THEY DID WRONG AND YES THEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED AND YES OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS UNFAIR IN MERIDIAN, MS BUT GOD CAN TAKE CARE OF ANY INJUSTICES THAT ARE DONE. SEE VENGENCE IS THE LORD AND HE CAN TAKE CARE OF ANY SITUATION FAR BETTER THAN ANY COURT OR MAN CAN. THOSE GUYS HAS A LONG TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE SITUATION AND THE VICTIM DON'T. THE MOTHER DID HER BEST YOU CAN'T MAKE THEIR DECISIONS FOR THEM.
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