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Man and Woman Charged with First Degree Murder of Jarvis Vinson

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Jackson police charged one man and woman with first degree murder in the 2012 Jarvis Vinson homicide, Tuesday.

Tashonda Davis, 22 and Roderick Gladney, 27 were both indicted Monday by the Madison County grand jury for their involvement in the 2012 shootings deal of Jarvis Vinson, 23 of Jackson. Officials said Davis was arrested in Jackson around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after officers increased their patrols through the city.

"We work for these victims and it's our job to be the voice of Jarvis, he can't speak so we've got to speak for him now," said Capt. Tyreece Miller of the Jackson Police Dept.

Friends said Vinson was a loving son, brother and father who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. In 2012, Vinson was brought by private vehicle to the hospital with a fatal gunshot wound he received while walking towards an apartment complex on Brianfield Drive in north Jackson.

"He was innocent, accidents do happen but that was no accident, that was murder," Felicia Gray said, a friend of Vinson.

According to police, their investigation determined that there was a fight between Tashonda Davis and another man earlier in the night at a local nightclub. Officials said the man who Davis had fought with at the nightclub was dropping off Vinson and his cousin on Brianfield Drive in north Jackson when two cars pulled up and opened fire.

"After the fight she (Davis) made phone calls, people showed up to help. She was in one of the two cars that did the drive-by," said Capt. Miller. "We believe she was one of the shooters."

Three other Jackson men, Emanuel Beard, 18, Jateryance Smith, 18, and Kentavious Crisp, 23 are also charged with first-degree murder, attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault in connection to Vinson's homicide. Beard and Smith who were both 17 at the time, were arrested in Jackson on Aug. 20, 2012.

Following a Sept. 19 transfer hearing in Madison County Juvenile Court, the court ruled that both could be tried as adults. Vinson's friends said he was very family oriented.

"He was on the right track you know and then this happened," Gray said. "He was on his way you know, he was getting a good job he was taking care of the baby and spending time with his baby. He was doing the best that he could do and then this happens."

In January, Beard, Smith and Crisp were all indicted by the grand jury. Crisp was released from the Madison County Jail in February after posting $250,000 dollars bond.

Beard and Smith both remain in custody at the Madison County Jail in lieu of $250,000 dollars bond.

Police said no victim of homicide is ever forgotten, Capt. Miller said every homicide case remains open until it is solved.

"As an officers you take an oath to uphold the laws of the city and state," said Capt. Miller. "That's what we do when someone takes a life, we don't stop until they're caught."

Davis and Gladney will be arraigned in Madison County Circuit Court, on a date to be determined. Officials said Gladney is currently in the Tennessee Department of Corrections on a parole violation. Officers said their investigation has determined that Gladney was driving a car as Davis fired shots towards Vinson and his cousin.