Son Of Murdered Trooper Reacts To Governor's Decision

The son of a state trooper killed in 1975 says he's happy the governor stepped in to block the release of a woman who helped kill his father.

Tommy Davis talked with WITN's Michael Baldwin Friday morning.

Trooper Tom Davis was gunned down on September 2, 1975 after he stopped a car that had eased through a red light in Williamston. What the trooper didn't know was that the three people in the car had just robbed a bank.

Faye Brown was first sentenced to death, and then commuted to a life sentence for her part in the trooper's murder. She's one of 20 inmates who were scheduled to get out of prison due to a recent court ruling.

Davis was 20-year-old and in college when his father was murdered. He says while he agrees with the governor's decision to block the release, Davis feels eventually Brown and the 19 others will get out of prison.

Davis says the trigger man in his father's murder, Joseph Seaborn, is also expected to be released early as well. He tells WITN News that both should serve their complete sentences because they got a second chance at life when their death sentences were commuted.

A third person convicted for Trooper Davis' murder died in prison.


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  • by Doug Location: Greenville on Aug 30, 2010 at 05:38 PM
    I was from Bertie County and grew up knowing Tom Davis. He was not only a great officer but an asset to the community. I remember that day often. I was working on the Patrol when I received the radio message and my heart fell to my stomach. Tom was one of the reasons I went to work with the Patrol and stayed 30 years. Tom had about 28 when he was murdered. Faye Brown and the other person should rot in jail and just wait their turn to rot in HELL!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:13 AM
    ALSO, they have not been model prisoners... if they had exhibited a little remorse even... Life is life. Not to worry, GOD will make it right!
  • by jimmy Location: nc on Oct 23, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    I remember that incident.Talking with some of the troopers that was workingt at that time, theres a lot more to this than you think.Open the case aqnd check it out.
  • by staynjail Location: greenville on Oct 23, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    To Curtis: Life should mean just that, if you took a life you should give yours. These people knew right from wrong. Whom ever came up with the law in the first place to release these people early were completely in the wrong. It should be over turned and done away with. As far as rewarding them for good behavior- they were rewarded the day were not sentenced to death, which is what they should have gotten.
  • by Tom Davis Location: Kinston, NC on Oct 23, 2009 at 07:25 PM
    Bank Robbery, Murder of a State Tropper and they where just going to let him out. We don't need protect from the Criminal's, we need protection from our own State Government.
  • by KMJ Location: LA on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    I am not a fan of Bev but I think she is trying to keep these monster's where they belong. There are some things that are unforgiveable and this is one of them and so are all the cases involved. To the family you have support beyond imagine.
  • by greg Location: watching on Oct 23, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    hire Blackwater to keep an eye on em
  • by CD Location: Winterville on Oct 23, 2009 at 04:57 PM
    This is exactly why some people do not value life itself because some so called expert somewhere says these subhumans can be released back into society. The infidels that ponder in their minds what it would feel like to take another persons life and carry out this heinous act upon someone else only deserves death not freedom. Our legal system gaps have established a mindset for some that life and its value are worthless: example young Florida female child found dead in trash dump in Georgia.
  • by Richard Location: Windsor on Oct 23, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    Enough is enough. How can they get this much time off of their sentence. My job has wonderful benefits including vacation time. However, I do not receive 20 years off after 30 years of work. This is why we need to vote people. These laws would never pass if the law makers feared the public vote. If the criminals had been working a job. They would be depositing money instead of robbing and taking it. If you want to play the game you gotta pay the man.
  • by Curtis Location: North Carolina on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    I really emphathize with the victims associated with the past crimes of the proposed release persons.However these people are not the only ones that were fred from prison over the course of time based upon this law.Those persons that were sentenced under this law,did their time under it,and rightfully need to be released as a result of time being served.If you now changed the law here it disproportionately impacts these people.And once again what about the others down through the years whom were released after their time were served under this same law.The media in this case has served to cause delay and injury to people that have faired under our justice system,and now need to be released.Monotoring them after is a separate issue.
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