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Suspect in shooting death scheduled for three-day jury trial

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Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis was indicted in January for murder and malicious shooting

By The Staff

INDEPENDENCE – A trial date has been set for Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, who is charged in the 2016 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.
According to the circuit court database, Davis is scheduled for a three-day jury trial, beginning August 23.
Davis was indicted on four charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury in January: kill and murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony – subsequent offense.
According to a police report last March, Davis was charged in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Karen Cates, and the wounding of David Patton.
On March 20, 2016, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a double shooting call at 20 Terri Lane in the Fairview community. Upon arrival, deputies found Cates, of the residence, and Patton of Pulaski County with apparent gunshot wounds.
Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said, “shortly after 8 a.m. on March 20, Davis returned to Terri Lane, found Patton outside the residence smoking a cigarette and forced him back into the residence at gunpoint. Once inside the residence, Davis allegedly shot both Patton and Cates.”
Davis fled the shooting scene and was apprehended in the early morning hours of March 21, 2016, by Alleghany County, N.C., officers, after he wrecked his car on the Blue Ridge Parkway during a police chase.
The report stated that Davis was not injured and was taken into custody without incident. Police said a .38-caliber pistol was found in Davis’ car.