Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend got out of jail this year after assault plea

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Within a year of getting out of jail, a suspected batterer is wanted for reportedly killing his ex-girlfriend. Police were still looking for Antonio Davis, 27, on Thursday.

Davis is wanted on first-degree murder charges after police said he kicked in Lakeyel Hurd's door Tuesday and shot her multiple times. She died from her injuries.

WREG spoke over the phone with a distant family member of Hurd's. WREG is not identifying her because Davis has not been arrested.

She described Hurd as someone who went out of her way for her son. She said Hurd and Davis broke up about two weeks ago.

"She was like 'I'm tired of him. He crazy,'" Hurd's family member recalled.

County records show Davis has a history of domestic violence.

"I've known his family forever, good people. He's a good person," said Leslie Ballin, who has represented him in court for those charges.

Davis just got out of jail in January for his most recent offense.

There have been several domestic violence allegations against Davis.

He was arrested in 2011 on vandalism charges, accused of beating holes in his ex-girlfriend's apartment with a gun. Records show he was found guilty.

Then, Davis was arrested in 2013 on several charges, including attempted first-degree murder, after an incident with the same ex-girlfriend.

Davis' ex spoke with WREG after it happened.

"He forced me in the closet where he told me he was going to set me on fire," said Sheena Robinson.

She had also filed charges against him the month before for reportedly punching her.

Ultimately, in January, he pleaded down these most recent charges and walked away with a three-year suspended sentence for aggravated assault.

"He decided that the best thing to do would be enter a plea, maintain his innocence, and that resulted in his release from custody in January," Ballin said.

"Having a person like this out and able to do what he did now is our major nightmare," said the executive director of the Memphis Area Women's Council, Deborah Clubb.

Clubb said there is work being done at the state level to look at sentencing parameters for batterers. She said the community needs to refuse to tolerate abusers' behavior.

"I want to see him locked up for life," said Hurd's family member.

She said Hurd's son is with currently with family.

Police ask anyone with information on Davis to call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.

A family member of Davis' reached out to WREG with an affidavit from this summer, which alleges that Hurd acted violently toward Davis.

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