Man Gets 30 Years In Killer Boys Case
February 11, 2009
A convicted child molester was found guilty of
being an accessory to murder for helping two young brothers who
bludgeoned their father to death with a baseball bat.
Ricky Chavis, 41, was sentenced to the maximum 30
years in prison Wednesday after he was found guilty of accessory after
the fact to first-degree murder and evidence tampering.
He received 30 years for the first charge and five
years for the tampering, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Chavis, who has been convicted of 17 felonies,
helped Alex and Derek King cover up the Nov. 26, 2001, beating death
of their father, Terry King, 40, at their home in nearby Cantonment.
At the time, Alex was 12 and Derek was 13.
After the home was set on fire, the boys called
Chavis. He picked them up, took them to his Pensacola home, washed
their clothes and hid them from police before turning them in the next
Chavis stared straight ahead when the verdict was
read and showed no emotion. His lawyer, Michael Rollo, argued the
sentence was disproportionate to the seven and eight-year sentences
the boys received for the killing.
"It's just simply not fair. This is politics, judge.
This is a persecution not a prosecution," Rollo said.
The boys and Chavis were tried separately for first-degree
murder. Chavis was acquitted, but another jury convicted the brothers
of second-degree murder. Those jurors later complained about the
prosecution's decision to try the boys and Chavis for the same crime
under different theories of what happened.
A judge threw out the boys' convictions and ordered
mediation that resulted in both pleading guilty to third-degree murder.
Alex is serving seven years and Derek eight at separate juvenile
Chavis was also convicted last month of falsely
imprisoning Alex, now 13, and sentenced to five years in prison.
King Brothers Sentenced
7 years for Alex; 8 years for Derek
Brothers to enter state prison system; mother
Ginny Graybiel and Alan Gomez -
November 15, 2002
Derek and Alex King are out of
Escambia County Jail and on the way to state prison.
Derek, 14, was sentenced to
eight years, with credit for the year he has spent in Escambia County
Jail since he and his brother were arrested last Nov. 27.
Alex, 13, was sentenced to seven
years, also with a year's credit, and will become the youngest
prisoner in the Florida correctional system.
Circuit Judge Frank Bell
sentenced the boys after they pleaded guilty to beating their father
to death with a baseball bat to his head, recanting their earlier
trial testimony that friend and convicted child molester Ricky Chavis
committed the murder.
Their new confessions offered
chilling details of the 41-year-old Chavis' entreaties that the boys
move in with him and of Chavis' yearlong sexual obsession with Alex.
But the confessions gave no indication that Chavis committed the
murder, was present when it occurred, knew of it in advance or
"Derek got bat and hit dad in
hed," Alex said in his handwritten confession on a legal pad. "After
wile dad didnt mov. We set bedro on fire. Then we went to stor and
cald Rik. Rik pickd us up."
Sheriff Ron McNesby said
Escambia County sheriff's deputies were to drive Derek and Alex to the
prison system's North Florida Reception Center in Lake Butler shortly
after midnight Thursday. After two weeks of orientation and screening,
they will be transferred to a prison for offenders 18 and younger in
either Vero Beach or Tampa.
The resolution to the grueling,
yearlong drama of the King boys came after Bell ordered Pensacola
attorney Bill Eddins to attempt to mediate an out-of-court settlement,
a first-ever in a local criminal case.
The mediation ended Wednesday
night with an agreement that the boys would plead guilty to
third-degree murder and arson and give a truthful account of the death
of Terry King, their 40- year-old single father, last Nov. 26 at his
Cantonment home. In exchange, they received a lesser sentence than the
12 to 45 years called for under state guidelines.
The boys initially were indicted
on charges of first-degree murder, carrying a mandatory sentence of
life in prison. A jury convicted them of second-degree murder and
arson, although Bell overturned the verdict, saying he did not believe
the boys received a fair trial and promising a new trial if mediation
Immediately after their arrests,
Derek and Alex gave detailed confessions to killing their father. But
several months later, they recanted before a grand jury and put the
blame on Chavis, resulting in Chavis also being charged with
first-degree murder and arson.
Prosecutor David Rimmer said he
was satisfied with the mediation outcome because the boys admitted
"What I wanted in this case is
what I got: the truth," Rimmer said. "I wanted them to take
responsibility for their action. They've taken the first step to
straightening their lives out."
Rimmer has been the target of
vicious criticism over his handling of the case.
Television commentators and
average citizens on Web sites have criticized his dual, back-to- back
prosecutions of the King boys and Chavis and the fact that the Chavis
jury verdict was kept secret until the King verdicts were returned.
"I promise you that I will
personally come all the way to Florida and make your life a living
hell," one critic e-mailed Rimmer.
"Rimmer should be jailed for
life without parole!" wrote another.
"Rimmer needs a doctor's help,"
wrote yet another.
Rimmer, mostly unsuccessfully,
repeatedly said he didn't argue in one trial that Chavis committed the
murder and in the other trial that the King boys committed it, as many
critics charged. Rather, in both trials, he argued that Derek wielded
the bat, Alex suggested the murder, and Chavis may have influenced the
Chavis was acquitted by his
jury. In one of the numerous odd twists to the case, separate jurors
in the King boys' case said they believed Chavis was the one who
committed the murder with the boys present.
Even the forewoman of the Kings'
jury second-guessed her decision, saying she never would have found
the boys guilty if she'd known Chavis was acquitted.
Bell's decision to order a new
trial followed the outcry of public criticism over Rimmer's handling
of the case and apparently reflected his own feelings.
Defense attorneys, who have
insisted that the boys told the truth at trial when they pinned the
murder on Chavis, nonetheless were satisfied with the settlement.
"We wanted a not-guilty verdict
at trial," said Dennis Corder, one of Derek's attorneys. "But when you
start with first-degree murder and life in prison and get eight years,
that's something to break out champagne bottles over, not hold a
Sharon Potter, Derek's other
attorney, said her disappointment at not ending with an acquittal was
countered by her relief that "we don't have this horrible, black cloud
out there anymore."
James Stokes, Alex's attorney,
said he urged Alex to go to trial again, rather than settle.
"I think we could have won at a
new trial, but I don't have to run the risk of going to prison my
whole life," Stokes said.
Sheriff's Investigator Terry
Kilgore remains bitter about the firestorm from people who suggested
officers bungled the case and Chavis actually committed the murder.
"We're not idiots. We know how
to investigate a homicide," he said.
Kilgore also noted that a
vicious murder for which the boys showed no discernable remorse was
lost in an uproar over their tender age.
"I never heard the words `I'm
sorry,"' he said. "But I don't think Ted Bundy said `I'm sorry'
either. These guys are little Ted Bundys. Ted Bundy conned his
victims. These boys conned the public. Everyone thought they didn't do
John Sanderson, another
investigator, said he feels vindicated by the boys' admissions.
"If they come out of prison
productive citizens, that's great with me," he said. "If I never have
to talk to them again in a law-enforcement capacity, that's great."
Kilgore and Sanderson also point
to two upcoming trials of Chavis as proof that he will be held
Chavis faces two February
trials: One is on charges of accessory after the fact of murder and
tampering with evidence; the other is on a charge of lewd and
lascivious assault on Alex.
As part of his plea agreement,
Alex agreed to testify truthfully at both trials.
and Alex, clad in green jail-issue jumpsuits, showed little emotion
during the hourlong hearing Thursday.
mother, Kelly Marino, showed up at the hearing with Pensacola
attorneys Leo Thomas and Ron Johnson and with two Miami attorneys
hired by celebrity Rosie O'Donnell in an 11th- hour effort to derail
the plea agreement and sentencing.
Marino has resided in Kentucky since 1998 and has seen the boys only
five times for less than four hours since their arrests.
in a letter Marino sent to Bell on Thursday morning, she said that as
the boys' mother and legal guardian, she did not believe the children
were competent to enter a plea, and she wanted them examined by a
psychiatrist or psychologist to assess their understanding of the
wrote that she was firing Potter and Stokes in favor of Miami
attorneys Ben Kuehne and Jayne Weintraub. She also complained she had
been left out of the plea negotiations.
would not allow Thomas, Johnson or the Miami duo to participate in the
hearing. Court security officers relegated Marino and the four
attorneys to the back row of the courtroom, then stood directly next
to where they were seated.
repeatedly asked the boys if they were entering their pleas because
they wanted to, if they understood what they were doing and if they
were acting voluntarily. Derek, diagnosed with an attention deficit
disorder, fidgeted and twice had to ask Bell to repeat his question.
But he repeatly gave strong answers of "Yes, your honor" as the judge
ensured the child was satisfied with the plea. When asked how he
pleaded, he answered, "Guilty, your honor."
quieter Alex consistently said, `Yes, sir" as Bell asked the same
series of questions about his plea. Asked how he pleaded, he, too,
responded, "Guilty, your honor."
Stokes, Potter and Corder all said they believe the boys were
competent to decide their own fate.
"They're children, but they're very intelligent children," Corder
said. "They're much more intelligent than many of the adults we deal
with on a day-to-day basis."
Attorney Johnson was undeterred by Bell's rebuke.
said he plans to file a motion within the next few days to set aside
the convictions. "I think we have a good legal basis," he said.
Rimmer said he did not believe Marino has legal standing to act on the
also scoffed: "They wouldn't be going to the state pen if she would
have paid more attention to them in their playpens."
The boys were convicted of
killing their father as he slept in a recliner at his home.
According to Derek's
confession, Alex told him the night of the slaying that Chavis was
coming by to pick them up at midnight.
They had run away from
home the previous week and, unbeknownst to their father, spent it at
Chavis' house. Derek returned two days before the murder; Alex
returned the previous day.
"Alex suggested that I
kill dad," Derek said, recounting a conversation just before the
murder. "I murdered my dad with an aluminum baseball bat. I set the
house on fire from my dad's bedroom."
Derek also said Chavis
allowed them numerous freedoms at his house, including skipping
school, using marijuana and smoking cigarettes. He said Chavis "spent
a lot of time kissing Alex while Alex sat on his lap."
In Alex's confession, he
said Chavis began a sexual relationship with him shortly after his
"Rik told me he lovd me,"
Alex wrote. "Rik told me I was gay and only he understood me."
Rimmer noted after the
hearing that he found the misspellings in Alex's confession curious,
since previous notes found in his home and written to Chavis had not
"I think he's just trying
to get across the idea of `poor, little me,"' Rimmer said.
Quest for stability
During the sentencing hearing, there was only scant mention of Terry
one point, Bell referred to "the death of Terry King, which we can't
forget here." At another point, he said, "It was a horrible crime."
most of the discussion revolved around the boys' futures.
Mediator Eddins said the focus of the mediation was ensuring a better
future for each of the boys and giving them hope of productive lives.
defense took the position that it was very important to give these
boys who had instability in their lives some sort of stability,"
also said Rimmer was receptive to the idea of "trying to fashion a
program that will allow them to rebuild their lives."
boys' early lives were punctuated by their father struggling to raise
them with few resources, the mother who virtually ignored them,
placements in various foster homes and the intrusion of Chavis.
Initially, the defense attorneys wanted the children sent to Girls and
Boys Town in Omaha, Neb., whose executive director had offered to take
Eddins said Florida Department of Department of Corrections officials
provided valuable information on prison programs for young offenders
that seemed to provide hope.
inmates at the Hillsborough Correctional Institution in Tampa and the
Indian River Correctional Institution in Vero Beach are mostly younger
than 18, although some inmates are allowed to stay an additional three
prisons offer educational and vocational programs. Medical and mental
health treatment also are available 24 hours a day.
Defense attorney Potter said the prison might provide the first stable
life the boys have ever known.
"Maybe they have a chance at a life now," Potter said. "It will be
hard for them, but maybe they'll have a chance. Maybe that is the best
you can hope for, given their lives up to now."
Alex and Derek King
pleaded guilty to the following charges through mediation:
The unlawful killing of
a human being, when perpetrated without any design to effect death, by
a person engaged in the perpetration of, or in the attempt to
perpetrate, a felony.
If found guilty of
third-degree murder, a person faces a maximum 15 years in prison.
willful and unlawful act of causing damage to a structure by fire or
found guilty of the arson, a person faces a maximum of 30 years in
prison. Source: Florida statute
Alex and Derek King were scheduled to
leave Pensacola early this morning for the Department of Corrections'
North Florida Reception Center near Lake Butler.
There, the brothers will undergo
medical, educational and mental health evaluations to determine the
prison to which they will be assigned.
Officials in Lake Butler should assign
the brothers to a prison within two weeks.
NOVEMBER 15, 2002
Chavis lawyer doubts 'truth' of confessions
Prosecutor David Rimmer
proclaimed on Thursday the confessions of Alex and Derek King as the
truth. But Ricky Chavis' attorney said the confessions to Terry King's
murder, which will play a pivotal role in two upcoming trials against
Chavis, are just the latest in a long string of lies the teens have
Chavis attorney Michael
Rollo laughed out loud as he read through the brothers' confessions to
killing their father, part of an agreement in which they pleaded
guilty to third-degree murder and arson in exchange for shorter prison
"I think that Alex and
Derek are smarter than everyone else involved in this case, and they
proved it by lying their way out of a first-degree, premeditated
murder that they committed all by themselves," Rollo said. Chavis
faces two trials in February. One is on charges of accessory after the
fact in King's murder and tampering with evidence; the other is on a
charge of lewd and lascivious assault on Alex. Rimmer said he plans on
calling at least one of the brothers in each of Chavis' trials and
feels confident in their testimony.
"Those cases are not
built solely on their testimony, so I see no problem proceeding in
those cases," Rimmer said.
Rollo disagreed, even
questioning why the brothers were not being prosecuted for perjury.
"If (State Attorney) Curtis Golden is such a stand-up guy, why isn't
he going after these kids for lying three and four times before a
jury," Rollo said. "Most of these confessions are just the boys making
sure they blame things on (Chavis)."
Rimmer said he didn't
want the threat of a perjury charge to keep the brothers from telling
the truth. "Perjury would have just complicated things," Rimmer said.
"If they were willing to tell the truth, they might have held back had
I thrown the idea of perjury at them."
is no doubt that the King brothers have changed their story several
they turned themselves in the day after Terry King's death on Nov. 26,
they told Escambia County investigators that Alex hatched the plan and
that Derek beat his father to death with an aluminum baseball bat.
They said they hid out in a wooded area in Pace until they called
Chavis to turn themselves in.
were charged with an open count of murder that night.
in April, they changed their story and pinned the murder on Chavis,
saying they were in the trunk of his car while Chavis beat their
father to death. That story led to a first-degree murder indictment
Alex testified during his trial four months later, he told yet another
told the April grand jury Chavis told them nothing of King's murder.
But when Alex testified during his trial, he said Chavis spelled out
the murder in detail to the boys.
soon as Alex finished testifying, Circuit Judge Frank Bell called the
attorneys to the stand and asked whether Alex should be warned about
Thursday, the brothers gave Bell a slightly different version of
admitted to plotting the killing, and Derek admitted he swung the bat.
this time, they said they ran to a pay phone nearby and called Chavis
to pick them up.
drove us to a field just over the Alabama line and told us to take off
our clothes," Derek said in his confession, written out by his
attorney, Dennis Corder. `We rode in the trunk of his car in our
underwear with the clothes to Rick's house. We rode in the trunk so
nobody could see us. Rick washed our clothes as soon as we got to his
house. That was Rick's idea."
brothers said they then smoked marijuana with Chavis and fell asleep
on his bed.
said they spent the next day hiding from police in Chavis' mobile
home. He said Chavis told them to tell officers they got in a fight
with their father and killed him in self-defense.
said Chavis promised the boys they could live with him once they were
Whom to believe
so many different stories, Rollo asked how anyone could believe the
boys' latest story.
lied to the grand jury, they lied to Ricky's jury, they lied to their
own jury," Rollo said. "How many lies are they allowed to tell until
they're just not trusted?"
Despite Alex's testimony, Chavis was acquitted of the murder charge.
Both of the February cases rely on testimony from Alex and Derek.
Escambia County investigators said Chavis admitted to hiding the boys
and washing his clothes, bolstering the state's case against Chavis in
that trial, which is set for February.
did not rule out the possibility of a plea bargain in that case.
the main piece of evidence against Chavis in the trial for sexually
molesting Alex, also scheduled for February, is the brothers'
wonders how that testimony will hold up in court.
"Where do they have the gall to prosecute him for anything on the
basis of Alex and Derek King's testimony, which we now know can't be
believed?" Rollo asked. "Where is my client's due process?"
Sons found guilty, pedophile acquitted
September 6, 2002
Two young brothers were convicted of murdering
their father Friday, while a convicted pedophile also charged in the
case was cleared by a separate jury.
A Pensacola, Fla., jury found Alex King, 13, and
Derek King, 14, guilty of second-degree murder for the fatal
bludgeoning of their father, but declined to convict them of first-degree
murder. The verdict spares the boys mandatory sentences of life behind
Ricky Marvin Chavis, 40, was also tried for Terry
Lee King's Nov. 25, 2001, murder and faced life in prison, but was
acquitted in a sealed verdict reached last week but announced Friday
Neither Alex nor Derek displayed any visible
reaction when the verdicts were announced. Their mother, Kelly Marino,
who was seated in the courtroom, wiped away tears and held her head in
the moments following the verdict.
About an hour later, Chavis appeared before Judge
Frank Bell and choked back tears when hearing of the jury's decision
to clear him of murder and arson. Chavis faces additional trials for
charges that he was an accessory to Terry King's murder and also that
he sexually molested Alex King.
While state law dictates a mandatory life sentence
without parole for those convicted of first-degree, or premeditated,
murder, it is up to a judge to determine an appropriate sentence for
second-degree murder. Following a sentencing hearing slated for Oct.
17, Judge Frank Bell could give the boys terms from probation to life
in prison, or even choose to sentence them as juveniles.
The jury chose to convict the two of second-degree
murder without a weapon. Terry King was bludgeoned with a baseball bat
as he slept in a recliner in his home, which was set ablaze following
the killing in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence. During the
trial, the defense claimed that Chavis, who was carrying on a sexual
relationship with Alex, killed Terry King.
The six-member panel in the Kings' trial, which
reached its decision after approximately five hours of deliberations,
also convicted the boys of arson.
The day after King's body was discovered, the boys
confessed to the crime during interviews with police. But they later
changed their story, testifying that Chavis was the real killer and
that they fabricated confessions to protect him.
Chavis contended that the boys committed the murder
and that he only learned of the crime when they contacted him seeking
harbor. He also denied molesting Alex King.
Prosecutor David Rimmer initially sought a murder
conviction for Chavis on the premise that he was a principal in the
murder — that he incited or encouraged the act, but didn't perpetrate
the crime. But Bell granted a motion made by Chavis' lawyer, Mike
Rollo, who contended that the prosecution provided insufficient
evidence that Chavis had prior knowledge of the boys' plan to kill
Bell ruled that the jury could only convict Chavis
of murder if it determined that Chavis himself dealt the deadly blows
to Terry King.
In a strange twist, Rimmer argued the opposite
during the boys' trial, telling the jury that Derek King wielded the
murder weapon, while Alex masterminded the killing.
"They did do it," Rimmer said about the brothers
during a press conference Friday, "and a jury found that they did it."
T I M E L I N E
NOV. 26, 2001: A fire is reported at Terry King's house in the 1100
block of Muscogee Road at 1:39 a.m. While one side of the house burns,
firefighters find King's body in the other half. Dr. Gary Cumberland
determines at the autopsy that King died of blunt force trauma to the
head, later determined to be blows from a baseball bat.
NOV. 27: Family friend Rick Chavis drives Derek and Alex King to the
Escambia County Sheriff's Office, where they turn themselves in.
Officers obtain confessions from both boys to their father's death.
Derek said he bashed Terry King's head with an aluminum baseball bat.
Alex said it was his idea. He told deputies the boys were afraid their
father would punish them for running away from home.
NOV. 28: Derek and Alex King are charged with an open count of murder.
They are housed in the Juvenile Detention Center.
DEC. 11: A grand jury indicts Derek and Alex on first-degree murder
charges. They are transferred to the Escambia County Jail, where they
are ordered held without bond. Chavis is charged with accessory after
the fact and tampering with evidence. He is jailed.
DEC. 12: Derek and Alex plead not guilty. Chavis' bond is set at
DEC. 13: Derek and Alex enter written innocent pleas to adult charges
of arson and premeditated, first-degree murder.
JAN. 4, 2002: Chavis, a convicted child molester, pleads innocent to
harboring Derek and Alex after their father's murder.
JAN. 19: Deputies catch Chavis scratching a note - "Alex don't trust"
- into a cement floor in the jail recreation yard.
FEB. 21: Judge Kim Skievaski issues a gag order for the lawyers. The
boys are moved into separate cells after Alex cut and bruised his arms
and Derek said he wanted to electrocute himself.
APRIL 9: Chavis is charged with first-degree murder, arson and lewd
and lascivious act upon a child, identified as Alex. He is ordered
held without bond.
APRIL 25: Judge Frank Bell sets an Aug. 26 trial date for King trials.
AUG. 1: Bell sets Aug. 26 trial date for Chavis. Bell decides that the
King brothers' jury will be picked that day as well as Chavis' jury.
Chavis' trial will take place first, then King brothers' trial.
AUG. 26: Bell decides to allow testimony about sexual contact between
Chavis and Alex in Chavis' case. A 12-person jury is selected for
Chavis trial and a six-person jury for Alex's and Derek's trial.
AUG. 27: Chavis trial begins. Derek and Alex testify their confessions
were a lie to protect Chavis.
AUG. 28: Bell says there is minimal evidence to indicate Chavis killed
King. Bell dismisses alternative principal theory that Chavis aided or
encouraged the brothers in killing their father, stating the evidence
to support that claim is "just not there." Assistant State Attorney
David Rimmer admits, "it is not my strongest case."
AUG. 30: After five hours of deliberation, jury reaches a verdict,
which is sealed pending the outcome of the King brothers' trial.
SEPT. 3: Trial of Alex and Derek begins. Chavis invokes his Fifth
Amendment right against self-incrimination.
SEPT. 4: Alex testifies that Chavis killed King while Alex and Derek
waited in the trunk of Chavis' car. MSNBC and CNN break into their
programming to broadcast the testimony live. Prosecution rests after
playing tape of Alex and Derek offering detailed confessions to Kings'
SEPT. 6: Jury in the Alex and Derek King trial finds both boys guilty
of second-degree murder without a weapon and arson. They face a prison
sentence of 22 years to life. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 17.
SEPT. 6: Jury finds Chavis not guilty of first-degree murder and
arson. He remains in jail pending trial on the remaining two charges.
Trial for a lewd and lascivious act on a child is set for Oct. 21, and
another is set for Nov. 4 on being an accessory after the fact and
tampering with evidence.
OCT. 17: Bell throws out the convictions against Alex and Derek King,
saying their trial was unfair. He orders new trials for the boys but
also orders the case into mediation. Mediation is common in civil
cases, but legal experts say it may be the first time a criminal
murder case in Florida has been ordered into mediation. Rosie
O'Donnell retains two Miami attorneys, Jayne Weintraub and Ben Kuehne,
to help with the appeals process. Alex's attorney, James Stokes, says
the two are not likely to be that involved in the case.
OCT. 30: Chavis' trial on accessory after the fact and tampering with
evidence is delayed until Feb. 24. Chavis also faces trial Feb. 10 on
initiating a lewd and lascivious act on a minor, Alex.
NOV. 7: First mediation meeting is held. Kelly Marino, the boys'
mother, says she wants the Miami attorneys to replace the current
attorneys and handle a retrial if one is ordered.
NOV. 13: Next mediation meeting is held.
NOV. 14: The teens plead guilty to third-degree murder as part of
mediated agreement. Derek is sentenced to eight years in prison; Alex
is sentenced to seven. The brothers are immediately shipped to the
North Florida Reception Center, where all state prisoners are
DEC. 14: The Department of Corrections angers Rimmer and Bell when
they transfer Alex and Derek to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Alex is ordered to the Okeechobee Juvenile Offender Correctional
Center, Derek to the Omega Juvenile Prison. On the transfer, Rimmer
says, "The lady of justice has been beaten, gang-raped and left for
FEB. 5, 2003: Bell denies a motion to move Chavis' trial out of
Pensacola. He also allows Chavis' 1984 conviction of sexually
molesting two teenage, runaway boys to be introduced in his trial.
FEB. 11: Chavis' trial on 10 counts of lewd or lascivious battery on
Alex and one count of kidnapping the then-12-year-old begins. Alex
testifies, detailing his sexual relationship with Chavis.
FEB. 12: Chavis' six-person jury acquits him of the sexual molestation
charges, but finds him guilty of falsely imprisoning Alex. Bell
immediately sentences Chavis to the maximum possible five years in
prison, calling Chavis actions "unconscionable."
MARCH 3: Chavis' third trial begins. This time he faces charges of
accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence, with a possible
sentence of 35 years in prison.
MARCH 5: Jurors find Chavis guilty of being an accessory after the
fact and of tampering with evidence.
He is sentenced to the maximum of