James Eric Davis Jr

A 19-year-old college student who shot and killed his parents when they picked him up for spring break was arraigned on murder charges from his hospital bed.

Central Michigan University student James Eric Davis Jr. was arraigned via closed circuit TV from his hospital bed at McLaren Central Michigan Hospital on Tuesday.

Davis Jr. answered “yes,” when asked if he understood the charges against him.

He appeared confused when asked if he wanted court-appointed defense attorney Joshua Blanchard to represent him. He did agree to have Blanchard represent him.

Davis Jr. is charged with killing his father James Davis Sr, 48, and his mother Diva Davis, 47, after they picked him up from a hospital where he was treated for a drug overdose on Friday night.

They took him to his dorm room in Campbell Hall to pick up his clothes for the trip home to Plainfield, Il.

A half an hour later, they were dead.

Davis Sr. was a police officer in Bellwood, Illinois. He and his wife were shot and killed with his service weapon.

Davis Jr. has a history of drug addiction and mental illness.



  • shun king

    white people smh

  • cherrypie

    No words except it’s so very sad

  • Liah

    SAD…..

  • CrunchyBlack1

    hmmm….something is going on out here.

  • Lady_Elle

    I wonder what was his mental illness?
    History of drug addiction and a college student?
    Just questions in my head.
    No words…. so sad. :-(

  • Roxie Moxie

    So, I’ma watch the other story too where the kid in Florida shot up a school. I want to see how this “mental illness” plays out on both sides.

    Though, we know the reason why they will be different.

    Same thing with the opioid “epidemic”. Now it’s a concern because it affecting white folks, but where was all this help when the crack epidemic was affecting black people??

  • hi-liter

    So many questions…..How was the teen able to get his father’s service gun? Did they have a scuffle and he took it off the father’s person? Was it in the back seat of the car and he just shot them while they were in the driver and passenger seat? SMH……

  • MsPam

    I guess you didn’t read the story, the teen went to the father’s car and snuck the gun into his dorm room and shot both parents.

  • MsPam

    I watched the arraignment dude was chewing on ice while the judge was talking to him, not a good look!

  • hi-liter

    I didn’t….only read what was provided here.

  • C Mack

    Right I missed that part, too. Guess we’re illiterate?

  • Karen Brady

    When and where did they pick him up?

  • Karen Brady

    At. all.

  • hi-liter

    ? Right……I had to go back up there like damn I’m stupid ?

  • Kemi

    Cos they know opioid is killing their people. Funny narcan for overdose is readily available in pharmacies now. They only take actions if they’re affected. And fentanyl is the most lethal of them all.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Wow. You put your so much of your heart and soul, your time, and your finances into your child to do your best to raise them to be a productive, decent human being… then they turn around and kill you. Sad.

    I can see why stuff like this would make some people think twice about having kids.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The only ‘help’ black folks were getting during the crack epidemic was being throw in jail.

  • Junkanoo

    Why was he discharged if he was still disassociating if he killed his parents 30mins after they left the hospital he should have had a longer stay it seems like.

  • Chuck

    This article is a bit confusing. Anyhoot, the parents knew that this loser was crazy and should have never allowed him to enroll in college- around other people’s kids. Instead, he chose to murder them. This is sad. He needs the death penalty before he kills again.

  • Kemi

    RIP Mr. & Mrs. Davis!! It is Unfortunate and disheartening to read your son brought upon your demise.

  • Look@m3

    Man what a nice looking couple and an extremely sad situation!

  • JRock

    Amen. Rest in God’s heavenly kingdom.

  • Trace da Ace

    ummm…..so why is he in the hospital??? Did he get hurt or something??? Well this is such a heartbreaking situation…..to loose your life by the hands of your child…..damn…..

  • Roxie Moxie

    Right. See, I’m the kinda person that will ask a pharmacist this very question. Even though I may not get a real answer, but I just like for them to know we see through the BS.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Exactly. Every time I see a story on them overdosing or them talking about the subject, I turn the channel. They are getting back what they deserve.

  • Shawty

    They said a drug overdose

  • Shawty

    He will be put in a mental institution

  • SpillyNillie

    Black people have to start recognizing mental illness and move forward with getting the help that they and/or their family/friends deserve. Mental illness does not discriminate, it knows no bounds. This truly is a sad story.

  • NeverSurprised

    Such beautiful parents. Such a sad ending.

  • NeverSurprised

    It”s heartbreaking to see parents who obviously tried to give their son a good life, only to have it all end in tragedy. Drugs are a powerful demon.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Nice looking parents. From the picture it seems like they cared for each other and their son very much. Either this kid is mental or has a demon spirit. Your parents walk into your hospital room, give you hugs and kisses, ask you how you are feeling and want to take you home to give you the very best care that they can give you yet you blow their brains out??? I’m glad he is off the streets. He’s a danger to society.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    SAD.

  • the guest

    Amen. I’m speechless at how tragic and senseless this is. How could he do this to his beautiful parents.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Sad ending. They said he had a mental breakdown, the night before. May they rest in peace.

  • Kayke

    He’s mentally ill.

  • angrysolo

    those still exist? thought the mentally ill end up in prisons

  • Kayke

    He’s mentally ill and it seemed his parents tried to pretend he was normal by, like you said, enrolling him and sending him to school with others. What if he would have killed his roommate or other students? Sad situation, but someonen dropped the ball on this one. People need to see the signs and seek treatment even if you gave birth to the mentally ill person.

  • angrysolo

    sha! wow there’s definitely more to this story that we may neva know due to the death of these folks. the human mind can be a great tool or an even deadlier weapon.

  • Berry Melon

    Well he got hold of Davis Sr. (his dad’s gun) just as his parents picked him up from the hospital, where he was brought for suspected drug abuse a day earlier. They took him to his dorm to pack up for spring break where they were shot to death with the gun. Meaning it could have been prevented. Davis Jr. was taken to hospital after his arrest and is expected to be moved to a jail once he’s discharged.

  • Berry Melon

    According to the news he’s going to be moved straight to jail after he’s been discharged. Mentally ill people who kill go straight to jail, they don’t get treatment. But what good would treatment be? I mean it’d be too late, as said person already killed – can’t bring the dead back to life.

  • Berry Melon

    Yeah they do exist, for people who are sectioned – the ones who haven’t killed or committed crimes, people who are a danger to themselves. Like said, if daddy didn’t leave his gun lying around this could have been prevented.

  • Applebootay

    In the United States, approximately 8.9 million people have both a mental health and a substance abuse issue. 55.8%— don’t receive any
    treatment for either disorder. A mere 7.4% get treatment for both issues. those who suffer from mental illness may attempt to self-medicate their symptoms via drug use.
    When these individuals abuse drugs, they may feel less anxiety,
    depression, or neuroses, albeit temporarily. When the individual is not
    high, the symptoms of their mental health issue return – oftentimes stronger than they were before. Case In Point…

  • Renee26

    Daaaaaaamn!

  • Renee26

    Crazy…. My granny used to say people who like to chew ice were crazy … So far it’s true for all the ones I know of lol not nuts they’re crazy in an unpredictably wild type of way

  • Rhyme and Reason

    The mental illness portion of this story isn’t conveyed in most news reports, I’ve seen. Blacks are not humanized in this society, but we all suffer from mental illness!

    People forget that when their kids are put on drugs (attention disorder, antidepressants or psychotropic drugs) at an early age, it’s easy for them to transition to prescription drug abuse or illegal drugs!

    Or, Onset Schizophrenia which is quite common, along with other mental disorders that our youth or college students struggle with! We must acknowledge the pervasiveness of Mental Illness!

    Thank you for sharing this important data!

  • MsPam

    Yeah, it was bad! Dude was acting like the judge was telling him about a red light he ran, dude you killed your dad and your mother, there will be no family reunion because of you!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    It can be such a stigma for families, especially Black people!

    They were probably (assuming here) that he would be ok, or had been episode-free for a period of time.

    But, he probably learned to talk the “I’m healthy, see” language,” or parents were in denial. He definitely, shouldn’t have been living away on-campus at school!

    But, it’s so complex that we can only assume, and pray for this family, and their lost!

  • J2PC

    The mentally-ill often self-medicate with alcohol & street drugs to try to deal with their undiagnosed depression, low energy, uncontrollable dysfunctional thinking or as a way to temporary numb their shame or pain from childhood abuse.

    People might think, ‘oh he or she is just a junky, drunk or compulsive gambler’ who need to go to rehab & get their lives together when it merely mental-illness manifesting itself in the form of being addicted to feel-goods. -the problem will never resolved unless the real issue is dealt with.

  • Lady_Elle

    Wow… didn’t know that.

  • Lady_Elle

    Dang… going back to see how I missed it.

  • shun king

    you know what that something that need to be looked at from a legal standpoint.. you have people on jobs with mental illnesses and everybody know except for coworkers and the same for schools that boy who just shot up that school his people knew what was up…and i think people should be held accountable for these time bomb

  • shun king

    i used to work in a place like that…i really dont believe in spirits but you could feel something when you walked on that floor…i remember one young girl with down syndrome had stabbed her mom to death

  • shun king

    sooo you think opioids are not affecting black people???the rapper Pimp C would say other wise if he was still alive

  • TMW

    My child attends CMU, lives in the same residence hall and on the same floor that all this happened, was there when all this went down, and was confined to her room for several hours before the police escorted her to her car so she could drive home. This was my worst nightmare – I felt totally helpless and afraid for my child.

    She had classes with James and encountered him in the hallways. She said nothing about him would indicate he would ever do this,
    just that he smelled like weed all the time.

    My concern is that he got a hold of some weed laced with something, and that the university needs to focus on finding the source of the drugs. My other concern is that had the hospital kept him on Thursday night when the campus police took him to the hospital, had they not released him, would this have happened to his parents?

    His brother and sister are still supportive of him. I trust my child in that he is not a bad person, but this is just a tragic situation. When I watched the arraignment, he did not seem to be aware of anything that was happening.

  • hottlanta

    If a person needs an emotional, pig. dog. cat. hamster. turkey or peacock please do not get on a plane with me. I will be watching your azz freak out if you can’t have your emotional animal to keep you stable and I will be calling TSA on your behind.

  • Gloria

    Wow! Totally heart-breaking.

  • Ricky4452

    I’ve come to the same conclusion… Never thought he was a bad child … He got a hold of some bad weed. I was praying the authorities did not kill him when the search was going on. So tragic. He had beautiful parents. May the RIP. PRAYERS for this young man

  • TMW

    Yeah, he didn’t overdose. The campus police took him to the hospital on Thursday because he was suffering paranoid delusions – he said someone had a gun and was trying to kill him. The campus police took him to the hospital and suspected he was having a bad reaction to drugs and also notified his parents. He didn’t have the gun at school, he took it from his parent’s car Friday morning. He was probably still suffering from delusions that someone was trying to kill him.

  • Unhappy American

    ??? made it all the way to college no mental issues ALL OF A SUDDEN ? SMH ol boy played himself playing that white boy card you may get death before Dylan Roof and the Florida shooter IDIOT ?? RIP ? TO THE PARENTS ?

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    He does look like he should’ve stayed in the mental institution.

    Did he had other siblings? Cousins? Aunties and or Uncles?? If I would’ve been one of them I would’ve sued the mental institution to have let him out.

    Such a tragic ending ?

  • Ghost

    Very sad…his brother posted a very heart felt message on Facebook..asking everyone to pray for the family and his brother because he still love him…just sad

  • Smoke

    Bringing the institution up on charges isn’t going to bring his parents back

  • iNCOGNITO?

    this is truely sad

  • Michelle1953

    I had an ex who was always a gentleman, carried himself well and was just a really good guy. After graduation he went into the army and I went off to college. My mom would save newspapers for me to read when I came home. The headine read, man found naked on top of Burger King . It was the middle of winter. His parents had him committed. Got a call 6mths later saying after his ex checked him out. He and his new girl killed the ex with a hatchet. He was given close to 30 years. Not even a full year later he committed suicide.

  • chris

    Weed will do that to you especially if you have a history and predisposition.

  • shun king

    i learned a long time ago you cant just smoke weed with anybody i also learned that the folks weed can trigger to do something crazy are the main ones want to smoke with stranger

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Smh.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    If you choose to smoke weed:

    Don’t smoke weed with just anyone.

    Roll your own shìt.

    And make sure it’s real weed (no synthetic crap).

    Im not promoting smoking but some will do it anyway, so these are a few rules they should follow, if they choose to do it no matter what.

  • chris

    Pretty sure this kid (an avid smoker) knew the rules but everybody is different. Nothing in life is without the risk don’t believe the hype.

  • Ristabulous

    Where are you drawing your information. NOWHERE has it been confirmed he used drugs. He was taken by campus police tp the hospital due to his psychosis. They documented that they thought he was suffering a drug reaction….their uneducated suspicion is not fact.
    Clearly this young man is suffering from mental illness. Don’t complicate this tragedy with poor reporting

  • kekeb

    Damn!!!! That’s horrific. The military has to be more proactive regarding mental health of veterans (and active duty personnel).

  • kekeb

    Glad your daughter is safe!!

  • Michelle1953

    That’s not true! Plenty of murderers are sent to mental institutions!

  • Berry Melon

    Damn, then how are people supposed to get help for mild mental illnesses? Imagine being sectioned for depression, and then being stumped with a bunch of crazy killers.

  • J2PC

    Why? Hospitals are business. They can’t make as much money off of the mentally-ill as those who require some type of IV treatment, blood labwork, xRays, CT Scans or MRI in addition to the cost of being kept in a hospital bed. -if they can free up the hospital bed being held by a mentally-ill for someone else in the waiting room to make more $$$, then that’s what they’ll do.

    It’s all about the money or what medical insurance will cover most. Why do you think so many hospitals quickly dump the mentally-ill or homeless who most likely junkies from being mentally-ill?? ijs

  • ImWoke

    There are many facets of mental illness. Mentally ill people are all around us. We never know because a lot of these illnesses are controlled with drugs and/or therapies. There are teachers, attorneys, police officers, etc who suffer from mental illnesses but have learned to function in society with the help of drugs and behavior specialists. I know people with mental disorders that have attended college and received advanced degrees, are able to function in professional environments and be productive members of loving families. I do think that this young man had an untreated mental disorder which is not unusual in black families. His parents may have been unaware of the mental disorder if they’ve never seen it up close and personal. They could have just attributed his behavior to the use of drugs and hanging with the wrong crowd.

  • ImWoke

    Dad was a police office, don’t think he just left his gun laying around. I would hope that it was locked in the glove compartment. With James being his son, he’s probably seen his dad place and remove the gun lots of times. If he had the key, he had access to the gun. Can’t blame the deaths on daddy’s negligence. A sane person wouldn’t have done what this young man did. I’m sure if dad had an inclination that his sons mental state had deteriorated to its current place he most definitely would not have allowed him to go to the car unsupervised knowing that there was a weapon there.

  • ImWoke

    You are correct and if they didn’t deem him a danger to society or self they released him. If there was no prior record of mental health issues they probably chalked it up to bad drugs.

  • ImWoke

    Not only did it end in tragedy, the tragedy was caused by their son.

  • ImWoke

    They picked him up the morning that he killed them from the hospital

  • ImWoke

    The whole arraignment process was heartbreaking to me. He was chewing the ice, playing with his mustache, twisting his hair,etc. He was unable to be still. He appeared as if he didn’t comprehend what the judge was saying. I’m not sure if you caught the end part where the judge was telling him that his bond could be paid in cash or surety. He said cash. I was thinking where in the world would you get cash on a 1.3 mil dollar bond. The people that could have helped you, you killed them. Of course had you not killed them, you wouldn’t have had a 1.3 mil bond. Just unbelievable

  • MsPam

    Yeah it was sad, I was trying to read him but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I also thought the interaction between James Jr. and his attorney was weird. He wasn’t going to keep the attorney then he was, I don’t know!

  • J2PC

    If suspicious, a blood draw at a hospital will reflect drugs consumed. -nowadays, it is a common practice across the nation for some hospitals will dump the mentally-ill & homeless patients outside or down the street in their gown & all just to free up the beds for patients with better insurance.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2018/01/10/video-shows-apparently-incapacitated-half-naked-woman-put-out-in-cold-by-baltimore-hospital/?utm_term=.b02e05705d99

  • Berry Melon

    I agree, the insane are unpredictable. One minute they seem fine, the next they end up snapping, it’s like the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I live by someone like that, only they haven’t killed anyone as of yet, so I kinda get the gist.

  • ImWoke

    Unfortunately that is a sad reality

  • ImWoke

    Yes the attorney interaction was extremely weird but I think that was because he was a kept 19 year old and didn’t understand the legal conversation. It was odd when James would look at his attorney and the attorney would turn to make eye contact James would quickly turn away. I think that was from the embarrassment of his actions

  • ImWoke

    He’s a 19 year old sheltered, former college student. He’s never been in any legal trouble prior to this. I don’t think that he was able to answer the questions because he didn’t comprehend the legal terminology. His interaction with his attorney was off, I think that was from embarrassment. He would always look at his attorney when he was facing the camera. When the attorney would turn around to make eye contact James Jr would quickly turn his head. Just weird

  • Chuck

    True.. parents know when their kids have issues and shouldn’t allow them to mingle with the public in certain capacities.

  • Chuck

    You are so true..

  • Chuck

    He’s a black man, so he may get life or death.

  • shun king

    they sending them to the schools thinking it will help them putting everybody else life at risk..it was a young guy where i used to live had a stroke like at 17 he was already kinda nuts but his mom asked they lil group of guys to please let him hang with yall she thought it would help him..the dude robbed and killed this guy and his dog for 5$ worth of weed

  • Chuck

    So, I guess the parents mean we’ll, but they should see their kids for who they really are, instead of who they want them to be.