Macon man suspected of killing mother of their 3-year-old child

bpurser@macon.comApril 3, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A Macon man authorities suspect in the killing of a Houston County woman turned himself in Wednesday and is charged in the killing.

Brandon Sharod Davis, 30, turned himself in at the sheriff’s office at the Houston County Annex in Warner Robins, Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland said. Davis is charged with felony murder and a Superior Court probation violation, according to a Macon police news release.

The family of 26-year-old Chassity LaShundra Lester, who was found dead Tuesday on Fairgrounds Road in north Houston County, said she and Davis have a child together.

An autopsy at the GBI crime lab in Macon found Lester died from blunt force trauma and multiple sharp wounds, Holland said. When asked if that meant she was beaten and stabbed to death, Holland said, “That would be accurate.”

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said he was told Lester was killed at 3691 Flamingo Drive in south Macon.

Wednesday, family members gathered at the home Lester shared with her parents, Charlie and Sheila Lester, in the Klondike community in south Houston County, near the Pulaski County line.

“She was unique,” said her father, Charlie Lester, as he sat on the front porch of the family’s mobile home. “There was nobody like Chassity. She was respectful to her elders. She was a loving mother.”

She leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter, Ky-lah; two sisters; two brothers; and a large extended family.

Sister Patrice Lester said family members last saw Chassity Lester between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday when she borrowed her mother’s car to go to Macon to see Davis, whom the sister said had agreed to pay some child support. He and Chassity Lester are the parents of Ky-lah, Patrice Lester said.

Her mother’s car, a brown Ford Fusion, was later located in Macon, Holland said. Chassity Lester’s personal car was still parked at the family home.

The 2005 Perry High School graduate was close to her family. Patrice Lester said it was not like her sister to not check in.

She said she obtained the cellphone records of her sister’s iPhone, and there was an outgoing call to one of Davis’s friends at 10:28 p.m. Monday. It was the last call Chassity Lester made from her phone, her sister said.

Back in Macon, investigators from multiple agencies gathered evidence from the house on Flamingo Drive. A stream of yellow crime scene tape tied to a garbage can was the only sign something was amiss early Wednesday morning in the residential neighborhood between Broadway and Houston Avenue.

A young man who answered the door at about 7:20 a.m. said he did not know the victim, but police had been there overnight. He said he didn’t know if they found anything.

From inside the house, a woman said officers would only tell them the investigation was ongoing, and then she told the young man to close the door because they were trying to sleep.

Macon police Sgt. Richard Senter, who interviewed Davis at the Houston County Annex, declined comment.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Middlebrooks or Lt. Dave Carrick at (478) 542-2085, other law enforcement agencies, or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (478) 742-2330 or (877) 68-CRIME.

The GBI is assisting with the investigation.

Telegraph writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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