Davis, suspect face murder charge

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 8, 2005

HALE COUNTY – James Albert Davis, 24 of Sawyerville, was arrested and charged with capital murder at about 11 p.m. Monday, September 5.

According to Greensboro Chief Claude Hamilton, Davis was picked up in the Lock 5 area days after authorities had received a tip on the car that was described at Friday’s Havana Junction robbery.

According to Hamilton, loggers in the Lock 8 area spotted the blue car with a handicapped tag and a duct-taped passenger window Saturday morning.

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The car belonged to Freeman Nixon, a 68-year-old Greensboro man who had been reported missing, along with his car, by a family member.

Upon inspection of Nixon’s Magnolia Village apartment, officers found blood on the entrance door. They also found a substance they believed to be blood inside Nixon’s car.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation was informed and the car was turned over to them as evidence.

Davis, Nixon’s nephew, was apprehended Monday morning near Lock 5.

It was then he told police where they could find Nixon’s body.

Davis has been charged with the murder of his uncle, Freeman Nixon, and has been connected to the robbery at Junction Grocery in Havana, which led to the death of Johnny Windham, a 61-year old well-known member of the community.

According to Hamilton, the investigation is still going on and Davis is being held in the Hale County Jail.