Wednesday, October 22, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Jury selection in Davis murder case gets under way

By
From page A1 | February 26, 2013 |

James Mings. Enterprise file photo

Jury selection begins this week in a Davis homicide case in which the defendant has claimed he put his ailing friend out of his misery.

James Elron Mings, 37, was indicted on a single count of murder in connection with the Oct. 1, 2011, death of Kevin Gerard Seery at the College Square Apartments on J Street. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prospective jurors who filed into Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson’s courtroom Monday were given questionnaires to fill out and instructed to return Wednesday morning for jury selection. Attorneys could deliver their opening statements as soon as that afternoon.

According to a transcript of the Nov. 19, 2011, grand jury proceedings in the case, the 42-year-old Seery was suffering from diabetes, chronic pancreatitis, chronic hepatitis and pneumonia at the time of his death, standing 6-foot-1 but weighing only 133 pounds when police discovered his body at his 945 J St. apartment.

Mings and another man, who had stayed at the apartment the night before, called 911 to report the death, claiming that Seery had fallen out of a chair and injured himself, according to a search-warrant affidavit in the case. But the death was deemed suspicious when officers spotted a white, cloth-like material lodged in Seery’s throat.

That night, Mings walked into the Davis police station and allegedly confessed to the killing, describing it as “an act of love” he carried out at Seery’s request, a Davis police detective told the grand jury.

Mings admitted to putting Seery in a choke hold until he lost consciousness, then put gauze, disposable towelettes and a tube sock down Seery’s throat to make sure he couldn’t breathe, the officer testified. Seery had suffered a neck fracture as well, according to the forensic pathologist who conducted his autopsy.

Police have said the second man was not involved in the incident, which marked Davis’ first murder case in nearly seven years.

Mings’ trial is scheduled to go through Friday, then take a week off before resuming the week of March 11, court officials said. Mings remains in custody at the Yolo County Jail.

— Reach Lauren Keene at lkeene@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

Comments

comments

.

News

County to fund pilot project for West Sac homeless

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

 
A favorite autumn tradition

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Marathon specialist Winter heads to cycling shrine

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Davis Arts Center: a call to artists for Holiday Sale Wall of Art

By Erie Vitiello | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Author showcases field biology as he revels in nature

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Apply soon to be a Master Gardener

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Terez will perform at Wine’d Down Thursday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Super-fun 5K run will support UCD students

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Wine-tasting and auction benefit Advanced Treble Choir

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

Entries due Nov. 1 in VFW essay contests

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Teen services grant applications due this week

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

Voice of the Wood plans family Halloween show

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Garamendi will speak at U.N. Day event

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Wolk sets ‘Morning with the Mayor’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Volunteers sought to chip in on parks cleanup

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Setting a good example

By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A5

Composting workshop set at Grace Garden

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Kids form a lifelong habit of drinking water

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Farmers Market hosts Fall Festival

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
A Taste of India dinner benefits Davis Community Meals

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Women and men want the same things in cars … usually

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
California state parks show off fall color

By Kimberly Yarris | From Page: A7

October is fall car care month

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
Railroad work will close Eighth Street

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

Special education information night scheduled

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9

 
Halloween Carnival planned Oct. 26

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Mondavi Center gift shop plans holiday sale

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Soda bottlers spend big to fight S.F. ban

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A9

Clinton sounding like a candidate in S.F. appearance

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A12

 
.

Forum

Bad business over the phone

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Vote no on Prop. 1, because it’s no solution

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
David Fitzsimmons cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A8

.

Sports

Giants rip Royals in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD women’s soccer postseason hopes flickering

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

A typical Blue Devil girls water polo win

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
DHS boys hold off Rio Americano in the pool

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Devils are on track for volleyball playoffs after win

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
AYSO roundup: Local winners have the Eye of the Tiger

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Alliance/Legacy roundup: Italia cruises past Chico

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Fipps earns another preseason hoops award

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

.

Features

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Mariana Brumbaugh Henwood

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics