WARNER ROBINS -- The trial of two Warner Robins parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death has been pushed back to the May calendar in Houston County Superior Court.
William Thomas Davis III, 27, and his live-in girlfriend Sade Shamon King, 24, are awaiting trial on charges of malice murder, felony murder, cruelty to children, aggravated battery and aggravated circumstances in the Sept. 11, 2010, death of their son, D’Shawn Davis.
The boy weighed 12 pounds, 6 ounces at his death.
Houston County Public Defender Nick White, who is representing Davis, said an expert pathologist has not completed his review. The review includes testing of the boy’s remains to determine if there was any underlying cause of the malnutrition outside of not being fed, such as cancer.
The mother told authorities on the day of the child’s death that she had been feeding him grits, and he had not been able to keep them down, White said.
The case had been scheduled to go to trial in February. It previously had been continued in October 2011 at requests from White and David Daniell, a Warner Robins attorney appointed to represent the mother. Daniell’s expert witness was not available in time for an October trial, according to court records.
Daniell could not be reached for comment. In one of his court filings, Daniell noted that King immediately professed her innocence to law enforcement.
Also, Daniel Bibler, one of the Houston County prosecutors trying the case, is handling an unrelated murder trial in February of two men accused of the shooting death of a Warner Robins teen.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.