Two sentenced in murder case

Published 12:08am Saturday, February 2, 2013

NATCHEZ — The two men who were with James C. Luster when he murdered Carlos “Mo” Wright in March 2012 were sentenced Thursday on charges lesser than they were originally facing.

Circuit Court Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders sentenced Gerald K. Davis, 19, 11 Fifth St., to the maximum of 20 years in state prison for manslaughter.

Davis testified during Luster’s trial Tuesday to shooting Wright twice in the buttocks after Luster shot him 10 times. Davis said he feared Luster would kill him if he did not shoot Wright.

Luster, 21, 551 W. Stiers Lane, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for gunning down Wright outside of Wright’s Scotts Lane residence on March 6, 2012. Luster maintained his innocence prior to being sentenced.

Sanders also sentenced Davis to the maximum of 25 years for a burglary of an inhabited dwelling charge Thursday unrelated to the murder.

The two sentences are to run consecutively.

Sanders sentenced Frederick Hunt Jr., 19, 381 Morgantown Road, to the maximum of five years in state prison for accessory after the fact.

Hunt testified during Luster’s trial that he saw Luster shoot Wright, but Hunt said he did not himself directly participate in the killing. Hunt also said during his testimony that he was testifying against Luster in an attempt to receive a lesser charge.

District Attorney Ronnie Harper said Friday that the state accepted Hunt’s plea for a lesser charge in part because he testified against Luster.

“It was also in part because, according to the evidence, (accessory after the fact) was all we were going to be able to prove,” Harper said.

Thursday’s sentencings concluded the case.

“We’re glad it came to a successful conclusion, and we’re obviously satisfied with the guilty verdict,” Harper said.

  • Anonymous

    First, I think we all need to commend Judge Sanders. We have been all extremely judgemental on our judge (myself included) no pun intended. It is sad to see young men who instead of being productive in society, postive role models for future young minority males, decided to instead embrace life as killers, taking a loved one from someone’s family and ultimately killing themselves.(What kind of life can one hope for locked up like a caged animal.) As sad as it seems, people of this caliber deserve consequences and it is needed to keep the order in a civilized world and society.

  • Wilson Phillips

    Thank you Judge Sanders.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s not forget to thank the jury for returning a guilty verdict. This put the ball squarely in Blackmon’s court to either make or break the system. This time she made the right decision. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with all three posters here. We have to clean the garbage out of our neighborhoods.

  • Anonymous

    When things like this happen it is hard on both families. The Luster family as well as the wright family