By: Julie Montanaro
September 8, 2015
TALLAHASSEE -- A Tallahassee man has had his murder conviction thrown out and will get a new trial.
Raynard Ford was accused of shooting and killing Davonn Brewton during an argument back in August of 2012.
Ford claimed self defense, but was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
An appeals court threw out that conviction last week, saying the judge's instructions to the jury were wrong.
December 6, 2013
By Julie Montanaro
A Tallahassee man has been sentenced to life in prison for murder.
Raynard Ford was found guilty of second degree murder in the death of Davonn Brewton.
Brewton was was shot and killed in August 2012 as the two men argued over a woman.
The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half Thursday before reaching its verdict.
Ford was sentenced to life in prison.
A lover's triangle is at the center of a Tallahassee murder trial.
It was a typical summer night at the Leon Arms Apartments in August 2012.
With music blaring, witnesses say 20 or so people were outside having fun.
Then Derek Norton testified he heard what he thought was a firecracker over the din of the music.
He found out differently when he saw a young man face down on the ground.
"He had blood squirting from the back of his head," Norton testified.
Police charged Raynard Ford with the murder of Davvon Brewton.
Attorneys say Ford had a child with a woman and they separated.
The woman then had a child with Brewton.
When the woman decided to resume her relationship with Ford, his attorney claims Brewton was very angry.
There are different stories about what happened the night of the shooting.
"Mr. Ford's intent at that time was to hopefully, peacefully resolve the issue that existed," said Ford's attorney Daren Shippy.
"The defendant was the one who introduced a gun into a fist fight," said prosecutor John Hutchinson.
A 16 year old boy testified he saw Ford and Brewton yelling at each other from his apartment window.
Then he says he saw Ford reach for a gun in his waistband.
According to testimony, Ford and Brewton struggled for control of the gun when it went off.
The single shot went through Ford's arm and then struck Brewton in the back of the head killing him.
Ford's attorney called the shooting accidental or self-defense.
UPDATED 12.2.2012 by Julie Montanaro
Raynard Ford is set to stand trial this week in the deadly shooting of Davon Bruton.
Opening arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday morning and testimony could last through Thursday.
UPDATED 9.27.2012 by Julie Montanaro
A Leon County grand jury has indicted Raynard Ford for first degree murder, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Ford is accused in the August 25th murder of Davonn Brewton.
[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- August 27, 2012- 6pm
A fight over a woman lands one man in jail and the other in the morgue.
Witnesses told police the two men had relationships and children with the same woman and believe that's what started the fight. Police later found Ford nearby with a gunshot wound to the elbow. Ford's attorney believes his client was defending himself.
Said Tim Jansen, Ford's attorney: "We believe he is entitled to a bond the state hurriedly and the police hurriedly filed charges and we asked for a hearing that was required by the rules of criminal procedure and we did not get that hearing today."
Ford is charged with homicide and carrying a concealed weapon and this isn't his first run in with the law. He's also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He had also been convicted before for possession of cocaine with intent to sell.
This shooting was just one of two from over the weekend in Tallahassee. Police also arrested a man named Seldrick Newby in connection with a homicide not too far from the Holton Street shooting.
[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- August 27, 2012- 5:30pm
A shooting over the weekend ends with one man dead and the shooter with a gun shot wound. That shooter faced a judge this morning. This morning a judge at the Leon County courthouse denied bond for 26-year old Raynard Ford.
Tallahassee Police say Saturday night Ford and another man named Davonn Brewton were involved in a fight at an apartment complex on Holton Street. They say witnesses told them that had both had relationships and children with the same woman.
Arrest papers show Ford approached Bruton in the parking lot and pulled out a gun.
After a struggle, witnesses say they heard one shot and Bruton fell to the ground. When police arrived on scene.They say Bruton was already dead.
Witnesses then led to them to Ford. Who was taken to Tallahassee memorial hospital for a gunshot would to his left elbow.
He has since been released and charged with homicide, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.He had been convicted for possession of cocaine with intent to sell. He was sentenced to more than four years in prison for that crime.
[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- August 26, 2012- 11:19 am
TPD has released the names of the two men involved in a shooting on Saturday night.
Police say 26 year old Raynard Ford and Davon Bruton were involved in an altercation at an apartment complex on Holton Street. Officers say witnesses on the scene said Ford and Bruton had both had relationships and children with the same woman.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Ford approached Bruton in the parking lot and pulled out a gun. After a struggle, witnesses report they heard one shot and Bruton fell to the ground. Officers say Ford left the scene and went to a nearby apartment.
When police arrived on scene, they say Bruton was already deceased. After questioning witnesses, Ford was located and transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Officers say Ford had sustained a gunshot wound to his left elbow during the fight.
Ford was later brought to the Tallahassee Police Department . He has been charged with homicide, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Ford had previously been convicted for possession of cocaine with intent to sell for which he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 26 2012- 2:05 a.m.
Tallahassee Police Department homicide investigators are looking into a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded Saturday night.
At 10:49 p.m. TPD responded to an apartment complex on Holton Street. When they arrived, a male was found dead from a gunshot wound. Another male had a gunshot wound to his arm and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Neighbors tell WCTV the two men were fighting and ended up shooting each other. It's not known what lead to the shots being fired.
"I know both of those guys pretty well," said neighbor Johnny Ammons Jr. "Both pretty good dudes, you know so I'm kinda confused right now."
"TPD called in their homicide investigators," said TPD officer David Northway. "They are on scene right now. As you can see, we have quite a few officers down here trying to canvass the area."
TPD will not confirm if there was a fight or release the identity of the two individuals. Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers.