FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield police were dispatched to 800 W. Kerr at approximately 4:52 p.m. on Sept. 4 in reference to an assault. Upon arrival, officers located a male who was unresponsive in the front yard. He was transported to a hospital and identified as Edwin Carey, 55. Through the course of the investigation, officers were able to determine that a neighbor of Carey, Jimmy Davis, 41, was responsible for physically assaulting him in the front yard of 800 W. Kerr, Carey’s residence. Davis was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. Carey received serious injuries from the assault and died from those injuries on Sept. 12. Next of kin has been notified.
The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office has dropped the original assault charge on Davis and re-filed a charge of first-degree manslaughter, and his bond was set at $5,000. The charges announced herein are merely an accusation, and Davis is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Detectives continue to investigate this homicide and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.
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Case number: 17-39019
Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Capt. Vance Holland