Davis hearing postponed again

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 8, 2010

The Thursday preliminary hearing for the Opp man accused of murdering his 4-year-old nephew has been postponed until November.

John Curtis Davis, 25, confessed to shooting Curtis Alex-ander Ruede point-blank in the chest with a .177 caliber, 4.5 mm air rifle at a West Cummings Avenue home in Opp, where the two lived with Davis’ mother. Witness reports said Davis shot Ruede when the child dropped a toy on Davis’ foot.

Davis is now charged with capital murder in the boy’s death.

During the preliminary hearing, the state is required to establish probable cause that the case should be bound over for grand jury presentment.

District Attorney Greg Gambril said the postponement came after officers involved in the investigation were scheduled for training sessions out of town.

There has been no order issued setting the November date, he said.