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.
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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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