St. Petersburg Police have arrested and charged the man they say is responsible for a hit and run that killed Jeron Davis. Taurus Frederick surrendered to St. Petersburg Police Saturday morning and was officially charged in court on Sunday.
Police reported that Frederick argued with Davis, 29, near 22nd Avenue and Martin Luther King Junior St. South in St. Petersburg on June 20th. Davis walked off, but Frederick got in a car and started following him, then ran him over, jumped out of the car and took off. Davis died at the scene.
The original report detailed a shocking death: “Court records describe Jeron Anthony Davis’ last moments: arguing with another man in a parking lot. Running away from an accelerating Chrysler 300. Throwing his hands in the air in surrender. Tripping over a curb. Then being run over.”
One witness told police he saw Davis run across King Street. Another said she saw Davis running from the Chrysler “with his hands in the air, in a display of surrender.” Both witnesses said Davis had no guns or other weapons they could see.
Frederick was denied bond on his first-degree murder charge when he went before a judge today.
“It’s been horrible because he passed away on the 20th and my twin brother passed away on the 7th of July,” Rodney Davis said, speaking about the death of his nephew Jeron.
Davis said his family had been left wondering when someone would be held responsible for his nephew’s death.
“He was walking away from the situation so why would you follow him and mow him down? It makes no sense, it’s senseless,” Davis said, saying that the arrest of Taurus Frederick does bring the family some closure, but they’re still waiting for justice.
“I wasn’t expecting it. I’m glad he turned himself in, I’m really glad because that gives some kind of closure to my family,” Davis said.
Frederick is being held at the Pinellas County Jail.