Crime

Second suspect may be involved in Houston woman's slaying

Authorities are investigating whether a second person could be charged in the 2013 dumping of a slain Houston County woman’s remains.

During a Tuesday hearing for Brandon Davis, 32, the man charged with killing 26-year-old Chassity Lester, prosecutor Jonathan Adams said Lester’s family has recently turned over Facebook posts that point to the possibility that someone may have helped Davis.

Defense attorney Kimberlee Hillard had filed a motion requesting that bond be reduced for Davis, her client.

The judge denied Hillard’s motion, leaving the bond at $250,000.

Authorities contend that Lester was killed at a Flamingo Drive house in Macon where Davis was house-sitting.

She was last seen alive April 1, 2013, after telling family members she was going to see Davis about getting money for the then 3-year-old daughter they shared.

Her cellphone was used the next day on a 911 call to report the location of her body, Hillard said during the hearing.

Davis called her family before Lester’s body was discovered, saying she’d been raped and killed.

Adams said Davis told someone he killed Lester.

A witness has said Davis was spotted with blood on his hands and in Lester’s car after authorities believe she was killed, Adams said.

DNA tests have revealed that blood found at the Flamingo Drive house matched Lester’s, Hillard said.

Testing still is pending for blood found in a bathroom at Davis’s home on Macon’s Schley Street.

In the more than two years since Lester’s death, the case has been handled by three different defense attorneys and two prosecutors, contributing to the delay in Davis going to trial.

The lawyers and judge discussed possibly taking the case to trial as early as mid-June, although a date in the fall also could be in the works.

Davis and Lester weren’t dating at the time of her death. She was dating another man, a prosecutor said at a 2013 bond hearing in the case.

An arrest warrant in the case has said Lester was pregnant with another man’s child. Autopsy results, including details about the alleged pregnancy, have not been released.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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