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Affidavit obtained by KFDM indicates murder victim shot 10 times, links suspect to killing
JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Scott Lawrence
KFDM News has obtained a Probable Cause Affidavit in which Jefferson County Sheriff's Office investigators say a woman was shot ten times with different caliber bullets and they say Royce Earl Davis II, 30, now jailed in Jefferson County on a $500,000 bond for a murder charge, was caught on surveillance video using the victim's bank ATM card at a Baytown convenience store and driving the woman's Cadillac SUV two and a half hours after her body was discovered. In addition, the affidavit states investigators searched the suspect's home in Baytown and found a number of credit cards and other items reported stolen from the victim's home, as well as a weapon and ammunition they say match those used in the woman's murder. Kimberly Grant's burned SUV was found in Harris County after her killing.
Detectives with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office had been questioning Davis much of Tuesday afternoon and evening before transporting him to the Jefferson County Jail. He was arrested last week in Baytown on a murder warrant in connection with the shooting death of Kimberly Grant, 51, of Crosby.
Her body was discovered April 19 on property owned by a hunting club off Tram Road just outside of the Beaumont city limits.
According to the Probable Cause Affidavit obtained by KFDM News, Grant was shot ten times with two different caliber bullets. A pathologist recovered seven bullets from her upper chest, stomach and legs. Four were 10 millimeter and three were 9 millimeter. Investigators say Davis was arrested in 2010 in Louisiana for burglarizing a residence. Among the items taken, according to the affidavit, were two Glock handguns, one of which was a 10 millimeter and the other a 9 millimeter, the same caliber rounds used to kill Kimberly Grant. Neither gun was recovered.
According to the affidavit, investigators searched Davis' home in Baytown and found a Glock 10 handgun and 10 millimeter ammunition. They say it's the same type of handgun and ammunition used to kill Kimberly Grant. According to the affidavit, it's also the same handgun reported stolen in Louisiana in 2010. Investigators say they also found Grant's driver's license, credit cards and other items reported stolen from her home. They say Davis also had her Capital One MasterCard debit card, the same one used at the convenience store ATM. They also found a number of her papers in his possession.
Investigators say they searched Grant's home and found that a number of electronic items, including television sets and a computer, were missing. They found no television sets in her home and they say the study was in disarray with mail and papers scattered in the room.
KFDM anchor Ashley Gaston asked investigators whether they're looking at the possibility of two gunmen because there were two types of bullets. They confirm that is under investigation.
The Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help.
"If someone knows her connection to Beaumont, if she has friends here, if Royce has friends in the geographical area, we'd like to talk to them," said Deputy Rod Carroll.
If you have information about the shooting death call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or Beaumont Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS.