Guilty Verdict Returned In Death Of Fort Campbell Soldier

Posted at 4:00 PM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 17:26:46-04

A man has been found guilty of first degree murder in the death of a Fort Campbell soldier.

On Thursday, a Davidson County jury returned guilty verdicts against 30-year-old Christopher Davis.

Davis was found guilty of first degree felony murder and especially aggravated attempted robbery in the death of 26-year-old Herbert Ray Clayton, Jr.

Clayton was an Army veteran who was shot and killed during a robbery in 2007 at a Murfreesboro Road ATM.

During the three-day trial, testimony included evidence of the victim’s blood on Davis’ pants. Reports stated both of Davis’ co-defendants testified against him.

“You can tell a lot about a person by what he carries in his wallet,” Deputy District Attorney Roger Moore said to the jury.

Authorities found Clayton’s military identification card, a photo of his children, and a library card inside his wallet.

“Mr. Clayton was a man who served his country, loved his family and his community,” Moore said.

Officials said it took jurors less than four hours to find Davis guilty.

According to court reports, Davis waived his right to a sentencing hearing on the first degree murder conviction. He was therefore sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Authorities said Davis has been scheduled to be sentenced on the attempted especially aggravated robbery conviction on November 17.