Man sentenced to 48 years in prison for killing 2 at Dayton jazz club

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The trial for a man accused of the murder of two people outside Rick’s Jazz Club is scheduled to begin today.

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UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m.: 

The man convicted of killing two people outside a Dayton jazz club was given a combined sentence of 48 years to life in prison during a Tuesday sentencing hearing.

James A. Davison was sentenced to 25 years to life for one murder and 15 years to life for the other. Those two charges plus additional charges in the case combined to 48 years in prison before Davison would be eligible for parole.

Davison, 26, was previously found guilty for the shooting deaths of Darion L. Harris, 29, and Ashley M. James, 28, outside Rick’s Jazz Club on Lakeview Avenue in Dayton in April 2018.


A Miamisburg man is scheduled to be sentenced today for shooting and killing two people outside a Dayton jazz club.

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James A. Davison, 26, was found guilty of shooting and killing Darion L. Harris, 29, and Ashley M. James, 28, outside of Rick’s Jazz Club in the early hours of April 21, 2018.

According to court documents, he opened fire into the truck, with the prosecutor’s office saying he fired between 17 and 21 rounds. Harris and James were both in the front of the truck and died.

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Two people in the back seat of the truck were uninjured.

Surveillance video at the club captured the shooting, and investigators used the video to identify Davison.

He was later found and arrested on May 23. 2018 in Erie County, Ohio, at a relative’s home.

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Davison remains in custody in the Montgomery County Jail, and is scheduled to be sentenced today at 1 p.m.

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