Grand Jury Indicts Former ECU Student On Murder Charges

A teenager charged with hitting and killing a Camp Lejeune Marine with his car has now been indicted on second degree murder charges.

The District Attorney's Office in New Hanover County said on Monday, a grand jury indicted 19-year-old Jackson Davies with second-degree murder and felony death by motor vehicle.

Davies is from Apex, and was an East Carolina University student at the time of the crash. The university said today that Davies is no longer enrolled. It says he left the university on February 21st, five days after the accident.

Davies was originally charged with felony death by motor vehicle and impaired driving in the death of 22-year-old Cory Reese in February.

Police said Reese was on Rose Avenue in Wilmington, near the campus of UNC Wilmington, when Davies hit Reese with his vehicle.

Authorities said in court that an altercation between the two had taken place at a party prior to the incident.

The car hit a tree and a utility pole, and Davies was hospitalized at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was charged, after being released from the hospital, was booked under a $50,000 bond.

According to an assistant district attorney, a judge doubled Davies' original bond on Monday to $100,000 and put him on an electronic home monitoring system. The judge's orders, according to the DA's office, were to only leave home for medical or legal purposes.

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