Two men convicted of second-degree murder by Caddo Parish juries in recent months had mandatory life sentences imposed in Caddo District Court proceedings Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
Mark Edward Colby, 60, was sentenced by District Judge John Mosely for the September 2014 slaying of his longtime business and personal partner Angela Godley. Gerderrick Dashawn Davis, 29, was sentenced by District Judge Ramona Emanuel for the second-degree murder of Anthony Z’Bario Scott, the toddler son of his girlfriend, slain Nov. 27, 2013. Colby was convicted last month, while Davis was found guilty in February.
Both men were sentenced to life imprisonment without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
Colby killed Godley, 53, whose body was found Sept. 10, 2014 in the laundry room of their house in the 1900 block of Bayou Drive. She had been shot several times in the upper body. The two were partners in the Noble Savage Tavern in downtown Shreveport. Colby fled to Mexico after the shooting but was found and arrested several days later.
Godley’s family made no statements to the court. Colby apologized to Godley’s mother, Carolyn DeLatin.
Davis killed his 17-month-old victim while the child’s mother, his girlfriend, was at work and he tended the child in their apartment in the 3500 block of Milam Street. The unresponsive youth was taken to University Health Shreveport, where he was pronounced dead.
The prosecutors against Colby were Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorneys Britney A. Green and Ron Christopher Stamps. He was defended by Curtis R. Joseph Jr. Prosecutors against Davis were Assistant District Attorneys Ed Blewer and Aaron Crawford. He was represented by Kurt Goins and William Stampley.