Prosecutor files murder charge, delays death penalty decision in Indianapolis officer's death


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This image released by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department shows Major Davis Jr., 25, of Indianapolis, who is preliminarily charged with murder in the shooting death of Indianapolis police officer Perry Renn, 51, after a gun battle in an alley Saturday, July 5, 2014 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)


This undated photo released by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept., shows veteran officer Perry Renn, 51, was shot and killed after he and another patrolman exchanged gunfire with a suspect in an alley Saturday night, July 5, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.)


INDIANAPOLIS — A prosecutor has filed a murder charge against an Indianapolis man in the fatal shooting of a police officer.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said 25-year-old Major Davis Jr. was charged with murder Wednesday in the slaying Saturday night of Officer Perry Renn on the city's north side.

A probable cause affidavit says Davis opened fire on Renn with an AK-47 assault rifle owned by his mother, Cynthia Davis.

If convicted, Davis faces a sentence of 45 to 65 years. Curry has also filed a sentence enhancement request for the use of a firearm. That could increase the sentence by up to 20 years. Curry says it's too early to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

Davis remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Renn's funeral is scheduled for Friday.

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