Cold Case Solved After Statement From Inmate

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE 6-15-11] 6:50 PM

Around 11:30 Wednesday morning Valdosta Police received the news they were looking for.

A judge signed a warrant charging Charmetrice Davis with the 2009 murder of Ventura Ortiz.

Davis is a Valdosta resident.

Police say she hit Ortiz over the head with an object .

He died of blunt force trauma. Police aren't saying why Davis wanted Ortiz dead at this time.

"I can tell you now we have substantial evidence to indicate she was the person responsible for killing Mr. Ortiz," said VPD Commander Brian Childress.

A month ago, Childress assigned a detective to take a closer look at this case and it led him to a state prison in Alto, Georgia.

That's where Davis is incarcerated.

"One of these individuals in the process of interviewing her, she gave pertinent information, specifics in reference to the case and reference to his manner of death that only the killer would've known," said Detective Chris Crews.

He said the turning point came when the cold case unit went back and re-evaluated key witnesses.

"I think the biggest turning point in the case was just us going back and being thorough and looking specifically at certain individuals in the case".

It took Cruise just one month to get enough evidence to bring before a judge.

Commander Childress says that's almost a record time when you look at the nature of this case.
Valdosta, Georgia

Authorities say a female inmate at the state prison in Alto in north Georgia provided a break that helped solve a 19 month old cold case.

Valdosta Police say Charmetrice Davis made a statement on June 14Th identifying herself as the possible killer.

VPD says on November 9, 2009, 36-year-old Ventura Ortiz was found dead at Gallegos Paint and Body Shop.

His body was found lying on a discarded automobile seat on the ground.

VPD says they recently started working a few tips which led them to the prison in North Georgia.

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  • by wonder Location: Crawfordville on Jun 16, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    Why was the killer incarcerated to begin with? I could not find that in the article. She was there as an inmate when she alluded to the killing.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 at 09:25 AM in reply to wonder
      A simple search of the Ga. DOC inmates will tell you.
  • by grady Location: tallahassee on Jun 15, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    got electricity? sounds to me like you are a 'killer not behind bars'.
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      by Steve Marietta, Ga. on Jun 16, 2011 at 04:44 AM in reply to grady
      Grady! I am placing my thumb and forefinger on my forehead in the shape of an 'ell' for you, you LOSER! Word! Loser...
  • by attitude ! Location: smoke land on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    i got a attitude !
  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on Jun 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    A killer behind bars, is still 'a killer behind bars!' Got Electricity?
  • by IsthisReal Location: Tally on Jun 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    Jail Snitches never lie... (Rolls Eyes)
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      by save the exasperation until you have the facts on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:40 PM in reply to IsthisReal
      who said it was from a snitch? perhaps she made the incriminating statement herself
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      by george florezesez on Jun 15, 2011 at 04:07 PM in reply to IsthisReal
  • by WTP Location: Tallahassee on Jun 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    Yea they maybe doing a good job for the ppl of Valdosta, however what is the city doing for the ppl themselves. Have you looks at how much the crime rate has risen in the past two-three years. Employment is down, children & teens have no outlet therefore they are run towards what happens to be a growth in drugs, and violence. I'm not in no way aiming this comment towards you, but the facts are the facts, and the City of Valdosta needs to step up to the plate for its citizens, and I'm speaking about all cultures.
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      by Really on Jun 15, 2011 at 08:17 PM in reply to WTP
      Really? Sounds to me like the citizens of Valdosta need to step to the plate for themselves. It is not government's job to provide for you.
  • by Margerite Location: Valdosta on Jun 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    Good job Valdosta police detectives. You all do a real good job for the people of Valdosta. God bless you Chief Simmons and your police officers for caring so much for our city. We are truly blessed to have you and assistant Chief Childress to serve our city.
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      by Ga,, FBI 259 on Jun 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM in reply to Margerite
      what did the Valdosta P D do ,,,the woman told them she did it ...right good job VPD ...NOT
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        by sigh. another one. on Jun 15, 2011 at 07:02 PM in reply to Ga,, FBI 259
        hmmm, let's think about the flaws in your statement for a moment. Who did she tell? oh, that's right- VPD. But wait- why were they randomly interviewing this particular inmate about an unsolved cold case crime from years past? ohhh that's right- they followed a tip from the original file that led them there. and what do you know? out of the clear blue, she implicated herself in the murder to the detective. What are the odds of that? Yep, you're right. They did nothing. Good thing they got so lucky on a random visit to the prison. Now, for your next trick, try actually *reading* the article before you offer your wonderful words of wisdom.
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      by HONEST COP--echols on Jun 15, 2011 at 04:06 PM in reply to Margerite
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        by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 at 09:28 AM in reply to HONEST COP--echols
        So driving violations aren't crimes? How much drugs have been taken off the street by making a simple traffic stop?
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