Argument turns into deadly shooting in Vidalia

Updated: Feb. 25, 2019 at 6:11 PM EST
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VIDALIA, GA (WTOC) - A shooting at the Huddle House early Saturday morning claimed the life of one man and injured a woman.

It happened outside of the restaurant on U.S. Highway 280. The suspect is in custody.

Witnesses told police it all started from an argument in the back dining area of the restaurant, and continued when two men walked outside. Zeary Devontae Davis was in court Monday morning to formally hear the charges against him. Judge Kathy Palmer read the list that included murder, aggravated assault, and more.

Davis covered his face as he answered the judge’s questions about his plans for council.

Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Huddle House staff told Davis and Roderick Harvey, Jr. to take their dispute outside of the restaurant.

“Mr. Harvey got in his vehicle to leave, and Mr, Davis shot through the back window, striking Mr. Harvey and causing him to wreck on the other side of 280," said Chief Frank Waits, Vidalia Police.

The car ended up against a tree, injuring Harvey’s female passenger. Police believe Davis once had a relationship with the female passenger, and that led to his issues with Harvey. Police say parts of the case remain unclear.

WTOC: “So, he’s claiming self defense?”

Chief Waits: “At the time, he was. What his defense will be during a trial, I don’t know.”

Judge Palmer informed Davis that he needs an attorney as soon as possible, and the attorney would be the one to request a bond hearing in Superior Court. In the meantime, he’ll remain in jail.

Harvey did not survive his injuries. The female was transported to Memorial to be treated for her injuries.

Police arrested and charged Davis with murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of aggravated battery.

We spoke with the manager at the Huddle House. She did not want to talk on camera. She did say neither of the men were regular customers there on Friday nights or Saturday mornings, and she and her staff were distraught over what happened.

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