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Ranger man on trial for killing man claims self-defense

EASTLAND, Texas - A 53-year-old Ranger man on trial for murder says he killed the boyfriend of his neighbor in self-defense.

Donald Davis was on trial Tuesday in Eastland County for killing Bobby Blair.

Blair was shot to death in an alley outside his girlfriend’s home and near where Davis lived. The two lived on the 1300 block of Young Street in Eastland County.

One of the key witnesses in the trial, Ranger Police Officer Charles Parker, said he was aware Davis had trouble with Blair. In one incident, Davis reported his tires stolen and claimed Blair took them. On another report, Davis said he wanted to charge him for criminal trespassing.

The prosecution also presented Parker’s dash camera video from the same night. Davis was shown signaling an ambulance to where Blair’s body was located. The jury could also hear the conversation between Davis and Parker. In the video, Davis can be heard telling Parker that his gun was in the house.

The medical examiner also took the stand. He detailed the autopsy he performed on Blair’s body. He said Blair died of multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen and chest. The medical examiner also performed a toxicology exam where he said he found methamphetamine in Blair’s blood and urine.

The trial will resume Wednesday morning.


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