Friday, January 16, 2015

Alleged killer of Belhaven football player arrested

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

Reginald Davis Arrested for Christmas Eve Death of Elbert “Trey” Rich III

On Thursday January 15, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Reginald DAVIS was arrested at his residence for Felony DUI-Death stemming from a Christmas Eve accident in which 26 year old Elbert “Trey” RICH III was struck and killed while riding his bicycle.

The night of the accident, Reginald DAVIS admitted to officers that he had been drinking. A search warrant was issued to obtain blood from Reginald DAVIS that same night. The blood was submitted to the Mississippi Crime Lab for analysis. The results were obtained this week and did show that Reginald DAVIS was over the legal blood alcohol limit. An arrest warrant was issued by Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel.

No bond has been set yet. District Attorney Michael Guest will bring Reginald DAVIS before Judge Kent McDaniel for a preliminary hearing.


Anonymous said...

Getting a blood alcohol level back from a hospital lab takes less than an hour. I understand the chain-of-custody bureaucracy but what is the reason for this ridiculous amount of time it takes for the state lab to measure this? It should be that any alleged crime that results in a death should be the absolute highest priority for the state lab.

Anonymous said...

The hospital's blood test is different than the test conducted by the Crime Lab. The hospital's test is done on the blood serum and this can increase the blood alcohol level by 25%. The Crime Lab, on the other hand, conducts its test pursuant to the DUI statute and, when done correctly, is pretty much impossible to refute.

Anonymous said...

9:08 Got a reference for that? Doctors make what can be life or death decisions based on the results of the hospital alcohol level, so I doubt very much a 25% variance from an accurate result would be acceptable.

It also wouldn't explain such an enormous time lag.

Anonymous said...

Here's an article by a DUI attorney about this. The relevant quote:

"Accuracy. When the results were compared with results obtained by head-space gas chromatography, a correlation coefficient of 0.990 was obtained with the Vitros. The correlation value for the Axsym analyzer was 0.994."

A 0.994 correlation between the hospital method and the forensic lab method (gas chromatography) sounds pretty damn impressive.

Read more here:

1) He does note many other potential problems such as the chain of custody I mentioned (a legal problem, not a scientific or medical accuracy problem).

2) Gas chromatography also takes just a few hours (I have run thousands of samples through GC machines).

So, again, what took so long to get evidence to arrest this guy?

Anonymous said...

10:16 you can google this but I've used it in these types of cases. here's a reference

I've seen some cases which discuss this as well.

Anonymous said...

Didn't know Trey except for the news coverage but it sounds as if he was a hard working young man making a life for himself. These kids that we usually read about on JJ should aspire to be like him. Alas, we are left only with the garbage of humanity, Davis, who will continue his existence as a parasite on our community.

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