Major Davis II pleads guilty to murder of IMPD Officer Renn
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The man accused of gunning down an IMPD officer nearly three years ago is pleading guilty to the crime.
Major Davis II admitted to shooting and killing Officer Perry Renn in July of 2014.
Davis and Superior Court Judge Marc Rothenberg signed off on a plea agreement Friday morning that means Davis will serve life in prison with no chance of parole.
In exchange, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said he will not seek the death penalty.
Curry said the agreement ends what could have been a long and emotional trial.
"It's been our procedure since day one as we meet with families the one thing we make sure everyone understands is that as a death penalty case, it could be a 10-to-15-to-20 year process," Curry said. “So to have certainly and not have to live with it beyond a year or two is a relief the family. We've seen it over and over and certainly with Officer Renn's family in this case."
Officer Renn's widow Lynn Renn, released a statement that reads in part: "This is the conclusion that I wanted and that Perry would have wanted. The plea provides finality and allows me and others deeply impacted to avoid the possibility of a lengthy trial and appeals process. Justice has been served. I hope that we can now focus our thoughts away from this criminal case and to the legacy and sacrifice of Perry."
IMPD Chief Bryan Roach said of the plea agreement, "We're happy for Lynn Renn. I think this brings her some closure. I think the decision sends a message to our officers and to the family that behavior like that is not tolerated. We certainly miss Officer Renn and don't want that to happen to any of our officers."
And in a written statement, FOP President Rick Snyder said, "Our FOP family will continue to support Lynn and all other survivors of our fallen officers. We ask our community to hold a special moment of reflection for Officer Perry Renn who made the Supreme Sacrifice for our community. Blessed are the peacemakers, lest we forget."
Davis will be sentenced April 27.
Lynn Renn, widow of Officer Renn, issued the following statement:
"This is the conclusion that I wanted and that Perry would have wanted. The plea provides finality and allows me and others deeply impacted to avoid the possibility of a lengthy trial and appeals process. Justice has been served. I hope that we can now focus our thoughts away from this criminal case and to the legacy and sacrifice of Perry. I want to thank my family and dearest friends, my IMPD family, other survivors in the law enforcement community, FOP Lodge #86 and many others in the community for their continued support and encouragement. I want to thank Prosecutor Curry and his office for keeping me informed and consulting with me throughout this very complex and stressful process."