Escaped murder suspect still on the loose - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Escaped murder suspect still on the loose

The U.S. Marshals service is asking for the public's help in tracking down an escaped murder suspect.  22-year old Davon Tooley has been on the loose since cutting off his home-monitoring ankle bracelet on April 20th.

Tooley is wanted for murder and should be considered armed and dangerous.  Marshals have called the search for Tooley the agency's top priority.

Davon Tooley was scheduled to stand trial for murder later this month.  But that trial will have to be delayed if Tooley is not found -- a delay the victim's family says is aggravating.

"We are frustrated. We're irritated, we're aggravated. But we're not going to stop the fight," said Gina Walls.

Walls is the aunt of 19-year old Jarrell Vitt.   Vitt was fatally shot on January 4th, 2006.  The next day, authorities would arrest Davon Tooley.  He would remain jailed until late March of this year, but had to be let go when witnesses hadn't surfaced by February.

"In exchange for a favorable continuation of the case until May 19th of this year, we had to agree to release the defendant on his ROR on the murder charge," said prosecutor, Artie McLaughlin.

Tooley was then placed on home incarceration.  But on April 20th, Metro Corrections officials say he removed the ankle bracelet used to track his whereabouts.  He's been on the lam ever since.

"We believe he is still in the Louisville area," said Rich Knighten.

Knighten, with U.S. Marshals says tracking down Tooley is the agency's top priority.  "He's dangerous. He's being charged with murder he's known to carry a firearm."

A special task force that includes the U.S. Marshals and Metro Police is searching for Tooley, who is believed to have log into his MySpace account as recently as Wednesday.

"We're concerned that someone else may get hurt or killed even Davon. That's not what we want to see. We don't want to see him shot down,"said Walls.

Walls wants Tooley to be found and stand trial even though her family is frustrated he was released to begin with.  "He executed my nephew. There is no other word for it. I don't see anybody else's family go through what we have been through because this family has been through a horror, a nightmare. It's never going to end until this trial is done."

Tooley is believed to have family and friends in the Newburg area, but authorities believe he could be anywhere in the city.  Anyone with information is asked to call 574-LMPD.

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