Sturgill Family Starts Petition To Keep Carl Davis In Prison

  • 3/13/2019 6:47:35 PM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - Over thirty years after Sergeant Sturgill was killed in the line of duty, his family has begun an online petition to make sure his killers remain in prison.

Detective Sergeant Sturgill was killed on August 2nd, 1982, after having served with the Ashland County Sheriff's Office for six years. On that day, Sturgill had observed several men attempt to rob a woman at gunpoint at the former "Big Wheel" store in the 1600 block of Claremont Avenue. Sergeant Sturgill chased two of the men into a cornfield. While pursuing the two suspects, he was ambushed by a third suspect, later identified as 21-year-old David Mullins, who fatally shot him. It was his thirtieth birthday.

In January of 1983, the shooter - David Mullins - was convicted of murder and robbery and sentenced to life in prison. 25-year-old Carl Dean Davis was sentenced to 14-50 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and complicity to aggravated robbery. The third individual, a juvenile, was charged with aiding and abetting a robbery. Mullins and Davis were sentenced to an additional 18 months to five years in prison in 1984 after they attempted to escape.

In September of 2019, Carl Dean Davis will appear before the parole board. The Sturgill family has started an online petition to keep Detective Glenn Sturgill’s killers in prison.

“My husband, Detective Sgt. Glenn Sturgill, was doing what was right, he was doing his job protecting and serving... Carl Davis was not, Davis was doing wrong," said Becky Sturgill. Becky then pointed out some of the details from the awful day.

Davis and his co-defendants had planned their scheme for over two days. According to Davis' attorney, Davis masterminded the robbery and the escape plan, which culminated in forcing someone to drive all three of the co-conspirators to Kentucky. At his home, Davis modified the weapon that was to be used in the crime by sawing part of the barrel off a shotgun he had obtained. That shotgun was later identified as the weapon used in the robbery and murder. It was revealed in court that Davis had visited several separate stores in search of deer slugs for the shotgun, which would ensure that the shots fired would be lethal. Deer season was not in at the time, forcing Davis to visit five stores in total.

After Sergeant Sturgill was shot by David Mullins, Davis continued to run. Mullins and the juvenile surrendered themselves to authorities, but Davis did not. He was later arrested at home in the early morning hours on August 3rd. The sawed-off portion of the barrel of the shotgun was found concealed in his home.

Sergeant Sturgill's son, Timothy Sturgill, says that the last time Davis faced parole in 2016, the Sturgill family set up a petition to keep him behind bars and were soon contacted by a member of Davis' family via social media. Timothy says his family were called "monsters" and were asked to stop the "harassment" of Davis.

Timothy says if he were to ever communicate with Davis’ family, he would say, “On my Dad's birthday, which happens to be his End of Watch as well, and Father’s Day, I have to see my father at his grave. I talk to a stone and get no response. You can visit Davis in prison, you can hear his voice; you can hear the words 'I love you'. I am not that lucky."

He goes on to add that while Davis chose to commit crimes, Sergeant Sturgill was doing his job by protecting the community. "I don't think we are wrong for our belief, or our efforts to keep him in prison," he said. "I missed out on hunting and fishing trips, countless birthdays, holidays and memories... He wasn't at my graduation or my wedding.”

Timothy says he and his family re-live the "nightmare" every time one of the men involved in his father's death goes up for parole. The family, Ashland County Sheriff E. Wayne Risner, along with all the staff at the Sheriff’s Office, ask for everyone to take a few minutes to sign the petition here.

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