Facing Justice: Baby Killing Suspect Appears In Court

Anthon Anthony Davis, 19, outside of court. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff

Anthon Anthony Davis, 19, outside of court. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff


Tribune Staff Reporter


A 19-year-old man appeared teary-eyed after he was arraigned in a Magistrate's Court yesterday in connection with the killing of an eight-month-old baby boy and the hospitalisation of both of his parents following a tragic triple shooting incident earlier this week.

Anthon Anthony Davis, aka “Bigga” of Flemming Street, stood before Magistrate Jeanine Weech-Gomez faced with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with Monday's incident, which police initially said they suspected was an act of retaliation towards the baby's father.

Davis is accused of murdering eight-month-old Shelton Tinker Jr on the day in question. He is further accused of attempting to murder both Shelton Tinker Sr and Jeffrina Sweeting.

The shooting took place shortly after 3am on Monday and took the country's murder count to 90 for the year, according to The Tribune's records. It was also the second murder in less than 48 hours in the capital.

Davis was told at yesterday's arraignment that he would not be required to enter a plea and that the matter would be adjourned to October 26 for the service of a voluntary bill of indictment. Davis was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until that time. However, Davis, who appeared emotional as he was led out of court, has the right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail.

According to initial police reports, the baby’s father was about to enter his home off Rupert Dean Lane when he was forced into the residence by a gunman he knew.

The suspect subsequently fired a number of shots resulting in three persons being shot, police said on Monday.

The infant died on the scene, while the baby’s father and mother were taken to hospital by ambulance and were said to be in serious condition.

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