Advertisement

Local News

News > Local News > Major Davis II Pleads Guilty to Murder of IMPD Officer

Major Davis II Pleads Guilty to Murder of IMPD Officer

Davis was accused of killing IMPD Officer Perry Renn in July 2014.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Major Davis II, the man accused of killing IMPD officer Perry Renn in July 2014, pleaded guilty Friday.

Previously, prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty if convicted. That is now off the table after a hearing Friday morning. He will receive life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Friday morning's hearing was before Judge Marc Rothenberg.

A formal sentencing hearing is set for April 27.

"Pursuant to this agreement, Major Davis II will spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of parole," Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. "This resolution meets the wishes of Officer Renn’s widow, Lynn Renn, and provides finality on the criminal matter. By this plea, the family, friends, and witnesses impacted by this violent act will avoid what would likely have been years of courtroom proceedings for discovery, trial, and possible appeals."

On Friday, Lynn Renn released a statement on Davis:

This is the conclusion that I wanted and that Perry would have wanted. The plea provides finality and allows me and others deeply impacted to avoid the possibility of a lengthy trial and appeals process. Justice has been served. I hope that we can now focus our thoughts away from this criminal case and to the legacy and sacrifice of Perry.

I want to thank my family and dearest friends, my IMPD family, other survivors in the law enforcement community, FOP Lodge #86 and many others in the community for their continued support and encouragement. I want to thank Prosecutor Curry and his office for keeping me informed and consulting with me throughout this very complex and stressful process.

On July 5, 2014, Perry Renn and another officer responded to a report of shots fired near the intersection of 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue. Perry Renn and the other officer encountered a man, later identified as Davis, before shots were fired. Perry Renn was hit by three rifle rounds fired by Davis.

"Our officers responded to a report of shots fired, and someone saw fit to welcome us with an assault weapon," then-IMPD Chief Rick Hite said in 2014. "Major Davis has major issues, obviously. Where he got off track, we'll probably find out at a court date, but he had no right to take a fine officer's life."

Davis was pronounced dead after the shootout, but he was revived and underwent surgery. 

In February, a judge ruled that he was competent to stand trial.

(Photo by RTV6.)

(photo courtesy: RTV6) INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Five women were rescued after their kayaks overturned during a...
(photo courtesy: RTV6) ANDERSON, Ind. -- Four people and three dogs were rescued in two separate incidents where...
(photo courtesy: RTV6) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A rash of overdoses in Bloomington that has left at least one person...
GREENWOOD, IN -- A man was arrested after police say he robbed a tobacco store, carjacked a van and led police on...
INDIANAPOLIS -- A guilty plea from a Marion County daycare worker accused of neglecting a one-year-old girl...