WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – It’s been almost a year since a man was murdered in Weathersfield. The manhunt for his suspected killer ended with a police-involved shooting in the parking lot of the Howland Giant Eagle. Thursday morning, the woman charged for her role in the events was back in court.
Tina Davis, who previously pleaded guilty to a tampering with evidence charge related to the shooting, was sentenced to five years of probation.
“I am so very sorry for the loss of life in this entire event,” she said in court on Thursday, standing in front of Judge Ronald Rice.
“I am sorry about this whole situation. It was very stupid and I regret having anything to do with this entire situation.”
The charge was related to the shooting of Van Blevins in Weathersfield. The hunt for the suspect — Richard Latimer — then led to a police-involved shooting in Howland on February 7, 2017.
Police shot Latimer in the Howland Giant Eagle parking lot just hours after the deadly shooting in Weathersfield. Police said Latimer’s wife witnessed the killing and ran to Taco Bell, where she called 911.
Davis was romantically involved with Richard Latimer at the time, although she knew him as Richard Writzes.
According to a prosecutor’s report, Davis told Howland police that Latimer asked to borrow her handgun. It was the same one he used to kill Blevins and had in his possession when he was shot and killed in the parking lot, investigators say.
The report also says Davis told investigators that Latimer came to her apartment, frantic, after the murder and told her that he just shot someone. Prosecutors say Davis helped him get rid of evidence by washing his bloody clothes.
Prosecutors also say Davis and her 8-year-old daughter even went with Latimer to Dollar General to buy paper towels and bleach — then Davis lied to investigators about it.
“She certainly made some very stupid mistakes and acted in a way that was certainly criminal,” said Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker.
Judge Rice questioned her about it on Thursday.
“I was in shock, denial, fear, wasn’t functioning properly at that moment, your Honor,” Davis said.
Latimer was shot and killed by police that same night in the parking lot of the Howland Giant Eagle. An investigation cleared those officers of any wrongdoing.
Judge Rice placed some sanctions on Davis as part of her supervised release. Just to name a few, she’ll have to abide by a curfew and perform 200 hours of community service.