Father of murder suspect says son kept guns ‘everywhere’

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The father of a man charged with murder in the death of a deer hunter has testified that his son owned numerous guns and kept them “everywhere.”

The Daily Iowegian reports Jamison Davis testified Monday in the first-degree murder trial of his son, Ethan Davis.

Ethan Davis is charged with killing deer hunter Curtis Ross in November 2017 on public hunting ground near Rathbun Lake.

Jamison Davis says his son owned shotguns, pistols, knives and more than one AR-15 style weapon. Prosecutors say one of those AR-15 guns was used to kill Ross.

Jamison Davis says his son kept guns “everywhere,” including various spots at the family farm and in his vehicles.

Earlier Monday, Kenneth Brown, an employee of a nearby quarry operation, says he heard gunfire on Nov. 24, 2017. He called them “rapid fire shots that I was not familiar with.”

Prosecutors have accused Davis of perching on a hilltop and using an AR-15 to shoot Ross, who was also stabbed more than two dozen times. Officials say they don’t have a motive for the killing.

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Information from: The Daily Iowegian, http://www.dailyiowegian.com

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