Death penalty waived

The office of Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr. has waived the death penalty in connection with a capital murder case out of Royse City.

Two men will not be sentenced to death by lethal injection if they are convicted of capital murder in connection with the February homicides of two people in Royse City.

Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr. said his office filed the motion Friday with the 354th District Court in the cases against Dearis Rayvone Davis, 19, of Arlington and Calvin Earl Rayford, 18, of Rowlett.

“We have waived the death penalty as a punishment based on the evidence in the case,” Walker said, declining further comment.

Davis and Rayford are each being held in lieu of $1 million bond on charges of capital murder of multiple persons, filed by the Royse City Police Department.

Both were taken into custody May 29 and were indicted in August on the capital murder charges by the Hunt County grand jury involving the deaths of Courtland Trowell-Wilmore and a juvenile male whose family is asking for his name to be withheld from publication.

The Royse City Police Department reported it had found two people dead in the Woodland Creek subdivision during the early hours of Feb. 3, with a third individual believed to have left the scene.

One of the two victims was a high school student at the time of his death, and the other was a former student.

Capital murder carries a sentence upon conviction of lethal injection or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Davis will now need a new attorney, as he had been represented by the West Texas Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases program, which only handles death penalty cases, while Rayford has hired a defense attorney.

Arraignment hearings in their cases are scheduled later this month in the 354th District Court.

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