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Ex-cop Charged With Murder Gets Bond

Timothy Davis Sr., the retired Orlando police officer who prosecutors say shot and killed his 22-year-old son, was expected to be released from jail late Friday.

Circuit Judge Jenifer M. Davis granted a $100,000 bond for Davis, but said he can't have firearms in his Apopka home and must be confined to the home with an ankle monitor.

The decision relieved friends and family members who packed a courtroom Friday for his bond hearing. Several called Davis a decent, hard-working man who presented no threat to the community.

Davis, 47, was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder in the Oct. 1 death of Timothy Davis Jr., 22.

But a grand jury indicted him this week on second-degree murder.

His defense attorneys Mark NeJame and Michael Lafay indicated Davis had acted in self-defense the day of the shooting, after he was already injured in a fight and feared his son was preparing another attack.

"By no means and at any point in time did he intend to shoot the son that he loved," Lafay said.

"This was self-defense. There's no doubt about that," said NeJame.

They also noted in court that the victim said before he died that he did not want his father arrested, a statement the defense attorneys said supports the self-defense argument.

Davis was hospitalized after the shooting due to a knee injury and sat in a wheelchair alongside the defense table Friday.

Wife Tarsha Davis said: "I would like my husband to be released so he can be with family."

His two young children at home, ages 9 and 10, want him with them, she said.

"We need him at home," she said, as her husband dabbed at his cheek with a tissue.

Earlier, prosecutor Jim Altman gave a summary of the shooting to the judge. He quoted Davis saying, "I didn't mean to kill him. I just lost it."

Altman took no position on the bond issue and said it was the court's discretion whether it should be granted.

Copyright © 2011, Orlando Sentinel

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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