Trio Arraigned on Murder Charges

Three people were arraigned Friday for the shooting death of Joseph McNeil.

In March 2010, the 37-year-old was gunned down at his house in Porterville. Another person was critically injured.

As part of the arraignment proceedings Friday, trial dates for the accused were set. It will be early 2011 when the three accused will stand trial.

Shavez Alexander from Lauderdale County and 17-year-old Lakendrick Mayes from Porterville are charged with capital murder.

"They are also facing a lesser charge of manslaughter, and count two is armed robbery and count three is aggravated assault for another victim who was shot, but did not die," said district attorney Bilbo Mitchell.

Alexander, Mayes and David Davidson are all set to stand trial January 5. At that time the two charged with capital murder could face the death penalty. As for Davidson, he could face up to 5 years in jail.

"I think we did a very good job investigating this case and we feel very good about what we have," said Sheriff James Moore.

Since being arrested shortly after the murder, the three suspects have remained jailed.

Following Friday's proceeding, bond for Alexander and Mayes remains at $500,000 for each of the four charges they face. In court Friday bond for Davidson was reduced from $250,000 to $10,000.

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