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State to seek death penalty against man accused of murder at Jefferson City bar


Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson filed a notice of intent on Tuesday to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing two people at a Jefferson City bar in November.

Damien Davis, of Kansas City, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and illegal gun possession in the shooting death of 26-year-old Skylar Smock and 43-year-old Corey Thames on Nov. 26 at J. Pfenny's Sports Grill and Pub.

Davis is being held in the Cole County Jail without bond.

Smock, who was an employee at the bar tried to break up the fight and remove Thames from the business when Davis started firing shots, according to investigators.

Police say Davis admitted to firing shots at Thames but says he unintentionally shot Smock. Davis has prior charges that prohibit him from having a gun, according to online court records.

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