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Dwayne Davis pleads guilty to manslaughter of Doctor Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

The 2012 murder of naturalized doctor Ivan Enrique Garcia Gomez inside his home has seen Dwayne Davis pleading guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. Davis, 37, was arrested the day following the murder after giving a confession statement. He confessed to putting the doctor to sleep and then hitting him in the head with a can of beans, a blow which claimed his life.

Davis’s trial before Judge Adolph Lucas, a trial without jury, began on May 3, 2018. It was during that trial that Davis changed his plea from not guilty of murder to guilty of manslaughter. According to Davis, in a four page confession, he and others were invited to a residence then moved to the home of the doctor to socialize on June 17, 2012. It was there that, according to Davis, the doctor began making sexual advances on him, which he refused.

The following morning, Garcia tried again but Davis refused and the men began to struggle. Davis said he held Garcia in a submissive hold twice, causing him to pass out both times. Although the doctor passed out, he regained consciousness each time and continue to advance on him. That is when he used a can of beans to knock the doctor out. At the end of his confession statement, he said that he never intended to hurt the doctor.

Besides Davis’s confession, DNA evidence confirmed that he was at the residence. Sentencing was deferred for June 14, 2018 after the court receives a report from the prison and a social inquiry report. Davis was represented by attorney Bryan Neal while the prosecution was represented by Crown Counsel Portia Ferguson.