INDIANAPOLIS – A 27-year-old man on Friday pleaded guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of Indianapolis police officer, in a deal that spares him the death penalty.
Major Davis will be sentenced April 27 in the July 2014 killing of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Perry Renn. The plea agreement calls for Davis to serve life in prison, without the possibility of parole.
“By this means, the family, friends and witnesses affected by this violent act will prevent what would probably have been years of courtroom procedures,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said in a statement.
Renn, 51, and another officer respond to reports of shots fired on the city from the north side, when they came to Davis in an alley. Davis and the officers exchanged gunfire. Prosecutors said Davis hit Renn with three rounds from an assault rifle. Davis was seriously wounded on the stock exchange.
His case was repeatedly delayed by his attempts to fire his lawyers and questions about his mental competence. But a judge ruled in February that Davis was mentally competent to stand trial and the selection of the jury was for October.
His lawyers have not responded to messages left Friday seeking comment.
Renn’s widow, Lynn Renn, said in a statement that “justice has been served.”
“This is the conclusion that I wanted and that Perry would have wanted. The plea offers finality and makes me and others deeply affected in order to prevent the possibility of a long-term process and appeal process,” she wrote.