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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