Shawn Davis Gets 18 Years for Murder of Tawanna Barnes-Copeland

Holding her granddaughter close to her side, Brenda Smith Sledge stood before her daughter’s killer this morning to tell him how much her family had lost. “Shawn knew our family. He know how close we were,” she said. “This is horrific.” Her words broken by sobs. Sledge’s daughter, Tawanna Barnes-Copeland, was brutally stabbed to death … Read more →

Guilty” Plea in Death of Tawana Barnes Copeland

Shawn Davis pleaded guilty today to one count of second-degree murder while armed in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Tawana Barnes Copeland. In pleading guilty, Davis faces a sentence of 14 to 18 years, USAO Spokesman William Miller said. The plea comes a little more than two months after Davis was indicted on a charge … Read more →

Not guilty” plea in Death of Tawana Barnes Copeland

Shawn Davis entered a plea of “not guilty” today to one charge of first-degree murder while armed in the death of Southwest D.C. woman Tawana Barnes Copeland. Copeland was killed Dec. 7, 2010 in her Southwest D.C. apartment. She was found stabbed to death by MPD officers responding to a call for an unconscious female. … Read more →

Judge Gives Prosecution Until Aug. 19 to Indict in Tawanna Barnes Copeland Murder

Judge Gerald Fisher gave the government another three months to issue an indictment today in its case against Shawn Davis, who is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of Tawanna Barnes Copeland. Copeland, a 41-year-old Georgetown University Hospital employee, was killed in her Southwest D.C. apartment on Dec. 7, 2010. Davis is Copeland’s ex-boyfriend. … Read more →

Shawn Davis Charged in Death of Tawana Barnes Copeland

Judge Thomas Motley ordered Tawana Barnes Copeland’s ex-boyfriend held at D.C. Jail Monday, following a preliminary hearing where the court found probable cause to believe that he killed Copeland in her apartment in Southwest D.C. on Dec. 7, 2010. Shawn Davis, also known as Shawn Jones, sat quietly through Monday’s preliminary hearing and did not … Read more →

Ex-Boyfriend Suspected of Killing Georgetown University Hospital Employee in her Home

Shawn Davis, the man arrested last week in connection with the stabbing death of 41-year-old Georgeotown University Hospital employee Tawana Barnes Copeland, is believed to be victim’s ex-boyfriend and may have arranged the crime scene in Copeland’s home to look like a burglary, charging documents in the case allege. Davis, also known as Shawn Jones, … Read more →

Preliminary Hearing in Tawanna Barnes-Copeland Murder to be Held Jan. 24

Shawn Davis, a 36-year-old Southeast D.C. man, was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the December 7 stabbing death of Tawanna Barnes Copeland in her Southwest D.C. apartment. Davis is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in D.C. Superior Court on Jan. 24. He is being held at D.C. jail. I’m out of town on family … Read more →

Arrest Made in the Homicide of Tawanna Barnes-Copeland

This just in from Metro PD: January 13, 2011 Arrest Made in the Homicide of Tawanna Barnes-Copeland ( Washington, DC)- Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the homicide of Tawanna Barnes-Copeland. On Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at approximately 8:40 pm, units from the Seventh District … Read more →

Shawn Davis

  • Arrested: Jan. 12, 2011
  • Age: 37
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black

Pleaded guilty in the Dec. 7, 2010, death of Tawanna Barnes-Copeland.