Guilty of murder in case of victim found along a Louisa road
A Louisa County jury found Anthony Davenport Jr., 25, of Powhatan County, guilty of first-degree murder following a four-day jury trial that concluded Saturday evening.
 
Davenport was also found guilty of use of a firearm in the commission of murder, and concealing a dead body. The body of Davenport's victim, his roommate Terrell Bailey, was found near East Green Springs Road on June 22, 2019.
 
Davenport lived in a house in Powhatan County with three other men. He came to believe that one of his roommates had stolen something from him and attacked that roommate with a baseball bat. Nine days later, on June 18, 2019, he apologized to that victim and told him that he realized Bailey was the thief. He then told the landlord that Bailey needed to move out.
 
Davenport returned around 10 p.m. that evening and woke Bailey, telling him that he had to move out and to pack his things. Davenport told him he would put Bailey up in a hotel for the night. The men left in Davenport’s vehicle; this was the last time anyone saw Bailey alive. On June 22, a farmhand in Louisa County noticed birds circling an area in the wood line. He was shocked when he discovered the remains of a half-dressed man, ultimately identified as Bailey.
 
The Louisa Country Sheriff’s Office determined that Davenport had left on a train for New York the same day that Bailey’s body was discovered. After talking to roommates, they located and arrested Davenport in New York and seized his cell phone.
 
Subsequent investigation of Davenport’s cell phone data by the Federal Bureau of Investigation established that on the night Bailey went missing, Davenport was extremely close to the remote section of Louisa where Bailey’s body was later found. Further, a cell phone forensic detective from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office identified a text on Davenport’s phone that he sent that night to a friend stating: “It’s the people close to me that has shattered the remaining humanity I had left.”
 
Sheriff's office Det. Mark Stanton identified Bailey’s blood on multiple items he recovered from Davenport’s car after the execution of a search warrant. Stanton also recovered evidence that Davenport had attempted to clean the interior of his car and replace the front passenger seat of his vehicle following Bailey's disappearance.
 
Davenport is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Jan. 5, 2022 and faces up to life in prison.
 
One reason the trial lasted as long as it did was because the medical examiner who conducted Bailey’s autopsy had to testify in another murder case in Henrico County during the same time, said Rusty McGuire, Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney.
 
Information compiled from a Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office statement and interview with McGuire
 

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