Yesterday I covered a murder in Detroit that happened when a man beat another man to death over a minor traffic accident.

Today I have a little bit more information about that to helps put some pieces together.

Suspect in deadly beating after traffic crash had no license, didn’t own car

The driver in an accident that led to the beating death of a young Berkley man had no driver’s license and should have never been behind the wheel.

Lawrence Davis’ long driving record shows he has several suspensions – and does not even have a valid driver’s license. The Chevy Impala he’d been driving was not registered to him.

The Impala Davis was driving was not registered to him, so there is a good chance it was stolen.

What we have here is a man with a long history of traffic violations driving with a suspended license in – quite probably – a stolen car.

I am going to assume that Davis here was afraid that this minor traffic accident would get him sent to prison.  Hence, his decision to beat Wingate to death.

I’m going to go a little further out on the limb and assume the way Wingate assumed he was going to exchange insurance information with this man and be on his way.

As His Most Violentist James Mattis, our Patron Saint of Chaos, is famous for saying “be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

You don’t know if that car you hit is being driven by the church lady on her way to a prayer group or a gang member with a trunk full of drugs.

Hope for the former but be prepared for the latter.

Now, I hope you all brought your bingo cards.

Davis’ family is too scared to go on camera and told FOX 2 the 23-year-old has had a rough life. They say his mother died of cancer when he was only 14, and Davis essentially raised himself. His family also says – although he punched Wingate – likely out of rage – he did not mean to kill him. They say – that’s just not him.

This is a sad story.

Be safe out there.

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By J. Kb

4 thoughts on “Follow up to the fender-bender murder in Detroit”
  1. His family also says – although he punched Wingate – likely out of rage – he did not mean to kill him.


    As I said in the last post, that first punch was not lethal force. But rage or not, after laying Wingate out, if Davis didn’t mean to kill him then he wouldn’t have stomped his head into the pavement.

    And rage or not, if he didn’t acknowledge at least the possibility of stomping Wingate’s head into the pavement, Davis wouldn’t have thrown that first punch.

    They say – that’s just not him.

    Also bullsh!t. Every family of a young criminal says that. If they don’t, it’s because they don’t appear in public to try and defend indefensible actions.

    We hear it all the time. Trayvon Martin (Sanford, FL) was a “good boy”. Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO) was a “gentle giant”. None of them are bad, just “troubled”…

    … and then they violently assault someone and try to kill someone.

    I for one am getting tired of hearing about all these “good boys” attempting murder.

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