The Michael Davis capital murder trial was expected to get under way today in Phillips County Circuit Court after attorneys for the defense and state worked through jury selection late Thursday. Davis is charged with the Aug. 10, 2009 slaying of 16-year-old KIPP student Quanteria Smith.

    By LARRY E. BINZ
    The Daily World
  
The Michael Davis capital murder trial was expected to get under way today in Phillips County Circuit Court after attorneys for the defense and state worked through jury selection late Thursday. Davis is charged with the Aug. 10, 2009 slaying of 16-year-old KIPP student Quanteria Smith.
   Deputy District Attorney Todd Murray and defense attorneys Louis Etoch and Phillip Allen spent all of Wednesday and Thursday interrogating prospective jurors.
 Retired state Appeals Court Judge Olly Neal is serving for the trial. The trial could take several days before the jury reaches a verdict.
 Neal ruled Tuesday in favor of the defense not to allow the state to include charges of a terroristic act and unlawful discharge of a firearm against Davis stemming from a July 5, 2009 shootout in the 900 block of Ohio Street stating that it violated the discovery rule.
   Neal said the state had not “complied with the discovery rule” involving all of the pertinent information. Etoch said to include the July 5, 2009 case would be “highly prejudicial” against Michael Davis.
   Allen stated Tuesday that the defense would not call on Davis to testify. Allen said the July 5, 2009 incident was a “case of mistaken identity.”
  Neal said while he was inclined to allow the state to introduce the July 5, 2009 shootout and subsequent charges against Davis, he was ruling in favor of the defense because “This is a capital murder case.”
   According to H-WHPD records, Smith was shot multiple times while sat on the porch of her mother, Elvira Smith, at 154 Marquette St., located in the Detonti Court.
   Henry, 23, at the time, was shot in a leg while he was on the porch. Smith was taken to Helena Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Henry was treated for the injury and released.