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Gang member found guilty of murder; Bullet from Kevin Davis' AK-47 hit 15-year-old girl as she sat at home computer

The gang member who fired a hail of bullets into a house with an AK-47, killing a 15-year-old girl -- an unintended target -- was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder.

Kevin J. Davis II, a member of the Gangster Disciples, was charged in the Sept. 30, 2010 slaying of Dominique Maye.

Dominique was the sister of Cardricus Maye, who also was a member of the violent Gangster Disciples gang. Prosecutors said Davis was gunning for Cardricus Maye because he was believed to have divulged information about the gang to law enforcement.

A bullet from Davis' rifle hit Dominique, a Riverside Institute of Technology student, as she sat at a computer in the front room of her aunt's Bailey-Kensington residence on Hewitt Avenue, shortly after her brother left the house.

Dominique, shot in the heart, died in her aunt's arms.

Outside the courtroom, Dominique's mother and stepfather expressed some measure of relief.

"I'm just glad that justice was served," a teary-eyed Veronica Maye said.

"I'm just happy he was found guilty. Justice was served, but it doesn't bring Dominique back. I hope he gets the maximum, that's all," added Brian Stiles. "It didn't make [any] sense. Dominique never did anything to anybody."

Judge Michael F. Pietruszka shook hands with each of the jurors shortly after the verdict was read on the second day of deliberations.

Defense attorney Emily P. Trott said she respected the jury's decision but expressed doubt about the credibility of gang members who received immunity for their testimony.

"Respecting the verdict of the jury is a time-honored tradition and, of course, I do. But the dearth of scientific evidence, I think, was alarming. The deals for cooperation [with] the prosecution's witnesses, and the fact they themselves will never be charged, and admitted cooperating in this murder, is deeply disturbing to me."

Janae Parker, who drove the car that Davis got out of to shoot into the Maye house, had to be tracked down and then initially refused to cooperate, before changing her mind.

Davis, 25, a Navy veteran, showed no response when the verdict was announced, but Trott said he was in tears after being led away.

"He is a very complex, incredibly well-educated person He was the only person in this so-called gang that does not have a criminal history more than a petit larceny," she said.

Prosecutor Gary W. Hackbush stated during the trial that Davis requested a meeting with homicide detectives but repeatedly changed his story.

The verdict capped a trial that included 15 prosecution witnesses but none for the defense.

The conviction carries a possible 25-year-to-life sentence.

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