New leads in death of Garner teen

Josh Davis

August 25, 2010 9:37:04 PM PDT
The ABC11 Eyewitness News I-Team has learned exclusive information from a man who says he knows what happened the night Josh Davis died six years ago.The 16-year-old was struck and killed on the side of a road in Garner on January 6, 2004.

A tipster tells ABC11 he finally went to Garner police and the SBI last month, even though he says he's known what happened to Davis since last year.

Garner police have confirmed they are checking out a new tip.

Davis' unsolved death was featured on TV last year. The tipster says he and his wife were watching the show and she later confessed that she knew what happened to Davis.

The tipster says his wife told him she was driving a car that night with two male passengers. He says they were smoking pot and driving around when one of the men said, "There's that guy" and told her to pull up next to Davis. He says his wife told him she then swerved over close to him and her passenger reached out the window and hit Davis with a baseball bat, she then floored the car and sped away.

Davis' father, Dave Davis, says he is intrigued by the tips because he's always believed his son was struck by a baseball bat.

"You're going to think I'm crazy, but I've had like four psychics, because I had no ends to go, and they all said the same thing that he was killed by a bat, a kid reached out the back window," Dave Davis said.

Those details conflict with the official Garner police reconstruction, which determined Davis had likely been hit by the mirror and then the bumper of an older model car.

"Which I don't believe," Dave Davis said.

However, he says he's not sure whether to believe the tipster's story since he's a convict in a custody battle with his now-estranged wife. But the tipster tells the I-Team he wouldn't lie about a murder case and risk going back to prison.

He says he just couldn't keep the secret any longer and he wants the Davis family to finally have closure, which is all they've ever asked for.

"We don't care as a family if they go to jail, we just want to know what happened," Dave Davis.

Davis says at least once a year, for the past six years, someone has approached him telling him they know what happened to his son. Each time he holds out hope that he'll finally find out the truth.

At this time, police will only say they are looking into the recent tip and no one has been charged.

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