Justin Sawyer killed in burglary, car found in Georgia, arrest records say
OAK GROVE, Ky. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – Arrest warrants for the men arrested in the disappearance of Rossview High School graduate Justin Sawyer, 20, indicate he was killed in a robbery.
Sawyer was first reported faded away on December 19 and January 5, the Clarksville Police Department announced that Sawyer’s car had been recovered. Records obtained by Clarksville Now from the District Court for Christian County, Ky., Reveal Sawyer’s car was found in Georgia.
Three men have been arrested: Dawuan Davis, 20, of Clarksville; Marquell Devont’e Sims, 22, Oak Grove; and Gene “Doug” Henry, 36, of Oak Grove.
Davis and Sims were both charged with robbery, kidnapping (with serious bodily harm) and assault. Sims was released from Christian County Jail on Wednesday, Jan.20 with an ankle monitor, pending the results of the grand jury hearing. Davis’s case was also sent to the grand jury, but he remains in the Christian County Jail.
Henry was charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with material evidence, and was released on his own recognizance pending his hearing.
Although Sawyer’s body has not been found, KSP said he is believed to be dead.
What they said to the police
On December 17, Davis and Sims were looking to buy some marijuana. Davis therefore contacted Sawyer, according to court records.
Sims told investigators that when Sawyer entered the Newton Place apartments at 100 Mandarin Drive in Oak Grove, where the two men were located, Davis handed Sims a ski mask and told him they were going to steal Sawyer. Davis rode in the front passenger seat of Sawyer and Sims’ car on the rear passenger side.
Sims told investigators that, without saying anything, Davis shot Sawyer in the leg and then told Sawyer to drive. Sawyer continued to drive just over 3 miles to the Shell gas station on Kentucky Route 115 in Oak Grove. Davis then shot Sawyer in the other leg and pulled him out of the car, records show.
The investigation led Kentucky State Police to surveillance footage showing Sawyer’s white Honda Civic pulling up beside a gas pump at Shell. Court records indicate that the footage shows Sawyer’s car sitting there at the pump for about an hour and 15 minutes.
In the footage, investigators witnessed movement inside the car and, after some time, the front passenger door and the driver’s door both opened. Records indicate Davis was seen exiting the car first, and he walked around the rear of the car to the driver’s door, where he could be seen reaching the car.
Davis is then seen helping Sawyer out of the car, but Sawyer is caught in the seat belt. After Davis untangles Sawyer from the seat belt, Sawyer is seen collapsing to the ground, at which point Davis tries to lift him toward the driver’s side back door. Next, Sims, with his ski mask on, comes out and helps Davis get Sawyer into the back seat.
Sawyer’s car, now driven by Davis, was later seen leaving the Shell station. However, as the car stopped at an intersection and waited in traffic to make a U-turn on Route 115, Sims got out and crossed the street to the Pilot Truck Stop. Sawyer’s car was then seen driving eastbound on Interstate 24.
Some time later, according to court records, Davis arrived at 209 Pyle Drive in Oak Grove, where Henry was located. There appears to be no Pyle Drive in Oak Grove, but there is a Pyle Lane near Hopkinsville.
Henry told KSP investigators that Sawyer was dead when he helped Davis move Sawyer from the backseat of his car to the trunk.
The car was later found in Georgia. The records do not specify where in Georgia.