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Search warrants reveal new details about Danville's latest homicide

Warrants say homicide resulted from 'altercation' during 'planned robbery'

DANVILLE, Va. – Search warrants reveal what is believed to have led to the fatal shooting of Arthur Anderson on May 14.

Three search warrants have been filed related to the death, two for cell phones and one for an SUV.

According to the warrant for the SUV, the SUV belongs to the wife of Diairion Davis.

Diairion Davis was arrested in Greensboro, North Carolina on the afternoon of May 14, about 13 hours after the shooting, after being shot by Greensboro police officers who were trying to arrest him.

On Wednesday, a Danville grand jury issued indictments against Davis for first-degree murder, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a violent convicted felon.

"The investigation is still ongoing," Danville Police Department Lt. Mike Wallace said. "As long as the investigation is open, there's still a chance there could be other charges."

The search warrant for the SUV says that during the investigation of the fatal shooting of Anderson, investigators were told to interview Davis' wife.

Upon interviewing her, investigators say she told them that her husband and two other suspects, who are not named in the search warrant, had planned a robbery via cell phone.

The warrant does not say if Anderson was the person Davis and the two unnamed suspects planned to rob.

"I'm not in position to comment on the search warrant just because it's an active investigation and I don't want to upset that investigation or send it in the wrong direction. So it would be improper for me to talk about what's in the search warrant," Wallace said.

Investigators say Davis' wife told them she drove her car to Rocklawn Avenue and saw an "altercation" take place, leading her husband to fire a revolver.

She also told investigators she drove her car away from the scene after the shooting, but the warrant does not say if her husband and the two unnamed suspects were in the car either prior to or after the shooting.

According to the warrant, she went on to tell investigators that she had contact with her husband both before and after the shooting and that her husband frequently uses her phone to contact gang members.

A search warrant has been filed for her phone.

According to the warrant, her phone was found in her car and she told investigators the phone is hers.

The third search warrant filed is for a black cell phone found in the front yard of the home at the corner of Baxter Street and Rocklawn Avenue where Anderson was found shot.

Both search warrants for the phones do not say what, if anything, of relevance investigators found on the phones.

Danville police continue to work with police in Greensboro to investigate the shooting.

"It's going to be a give and take by both jurisdictions as to how the investigation is going to go, and extradition, how that's going to go," Wallace said.

When Davis will be extradited back to Danville was unclear Thursday.


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