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Court docs: Man accused of killing IMPD officer Perry Renn to be moved to state prison

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Major Davis

INDIANAPOLIS (March 20, 2015) – The man accused of killing Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Perry Renn will be moved to state prison while awaiting trial.

Court documents obtained by FOX59 said Major Davis will be moved to the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Davis’ defense lawyers made the request. The state did not object.

Davis faces the death penalty in connection with Renn’s death in a July 5, 2014, shooting. The court said Davis’ personal safety is at risk at the Marion County Jail because the facility is not designed to detain inmates for a substantial amount of time. Davis is expected to spend at least two years in detention because of the nature of the case against him and the amount of time needed to prepare for trial.

Court documents also mention a “clergyman” who may be “engaging in unauthorized practice of law and obstruction of justice” on Davis’ behalf, court documents said. The individual has helped Davis prepare for court even though he has been assigned public defenders.

Davis’ lawyers said told the court that the clergyman had access to Davis and that there have been “several occasions in which the clergyman has appeared during the Defendant’s visits with his attorneys and those visits had to be stopped since the confidentiality of those visits was compromised by the presence of the clergyman.”

The man also said he has information that would strengthen Davis’ case but has refused to provide it unless he gets paid by the Marion County Public Defender Agency as an investigator. When that request was refused, the clergyman threatened to hold a press conference and “made several public record requests to the Marion County Public Defender Agency requesting the disclosure of the names and qualifications of its current staff of investigators.”

Attorneys argued that Davis’ association with the clergyman puts him at risk.