The two men charged with the capital murders of Russell County couple Quincy Davidson and Monique Reid kept changing their stories.
First, 19-year-old Brandon Ramone Hall told Russell County Sheriff's deputies that he knew nothing about their deaths, Sgt. Howard Smith testified Monday in District Court. But 20-year-old Terrance Mays, who was also arrested July 31 — some four weeks after Davidson, 24, and Reid, 27, are believed to have died — had a different story.
"After denying numerous times that he had knowledge of the murders, he said he had knowledge of the murders," Smith said at the men's preliminary hearing before Judge Michael Bellamy. "Brandon told him that he shot Quincy in the head."
Sitting on the witness stand, Smith read page after page of notes taken from interviews with the men. Their stories have differences in who did what, but they agree on other aspects.
Hall said Mays wrecked his mother's car in early July, prompting her to kick them both out of her house. They then went to Davidson's double-wide mobile home at 4357 U.S. 80, where Davidson gave him marijuana to sell, telling him to keep the profits.
The men previously had lived with the couple, Smith said.
Hall claims he sold the drugs while Mays and another man robbed Davidson and Reid, Smith said. Those two men then took him to their mobile home, where he fell sobbing to the floor when he saw Davidson's body on his bed.
At an Aug. 1 interview, that story changed, Smith testified. Hall said he participated in the robbery, watching when Mays shot Davidson. They left, but returned when they realized they forgot Davidson's cell phone, which allegedly had numbers of people to whom he sold drugs.
Reid was still alive when they returned, and after first claiming Mays stabbed her, Hall finally admitted to taking a knife and striking the woman in the bathroom, Smith testified. The sergeant said she'd been stabbed 20 times.
Mays, who said Davidson was his cousin, had a different take on the events. Hall, Mays claimed, told him he killed Davidson because he'd been wronged by him. Checking into the Motel 6 on Victory Drive after the slayings, Mays claimed Hall put his clothes and the knife in a bag, Smith said. He left, returning without the bag. Together, they created a story about the couple going on a cruise.
Smith learned about Reid scratching and biting Hall during the attack, leading deputies to focus on those wounds when they interviewed Hall again.
Hall, Smith said, told authorities he wanted to explain his side of the story.
At the start of his questioning by Chief Deputy District Attorney Buster Landreau, Smith recited a list of evidence linking Hall and Mays to the slayings. Mays’ driver's license was found in the couple's home, he said. Julius Johnson, Davidson's father, told authorities Mays had said his son had gone on a cruise. Mays was driving Davidson's Buick LaSabre and using his cell phone. A 10-year-old "surrogate" daughter of Reid's tried calling her in July. A man picked up the phone.
"She said that subject identified himself as Brandon," Smith said. "Brandon told her that Monique was out of town."
Bellamy issued a gag order in the case at the end of Monday's preliminary hearing, which restricts the attorneys from discussing the case. The judge also bound the case over to the grand jury.