Parents of Murdered Student Upset With School Officials
Posted January 9, 1999
RALEIGH — North Carolina State University has been conducting its own investigation into the death of Neil Davis, Jr., 21, of Fayetteville, who was killed with his own gun in November.
On Saturday, N.C. State held a meeting with the student athletes charged in the case, their parents and witnesses.
Davis's parents said they should have been there, and when they found out about it, they were angry. The Davises say key evidence was discussed in the meeting and they weren't invited.
"We just know deep down that this is inappropriate," said Neil Davis Sr., the victim's father. "It was poor timing and just ill-advised that some segment of some very important evidence was included in this proceeding yesterday that we had no knowledge or no notice about it."
Tom Stafford, Vice President of Student Affairs at N.C. State, said federal law only allows certain parties to be involved in the university's investigation.
"Only those students, and their parents, who have been charged, students who are involved in the case, those there to provide information, or support persons for students who have been charged in student judicial cases are allowed to attend these hearings," Stafford said.
Stafford said if a student has been charged and convicted of a violent action, that information can be released on the case. University officials said several of these students athletes may face these charges. If that's the case, that information should be released in the next few days.
Just before Thanksgiving, Raleigh police say five student athletes and one former athlete from N.C. State broke into Neil Davis, Jr.'s condominium. During the course of the next few moments, detectives said Davis was killed by a bullet from his own gun.
Clyde Williams Blunt, 20, a wrestler from Modesto, Calif., faces involuntary manslaughter in the shooting. Four other N.C. State athletes and a former athlete also face misdemeanor charges. Football players Harold Jackson, 20, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Willie Knite Wright, 19, of Greensboro, and David Paschal Stringer, 19, of North Brunswick, N.J., were charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor assault. Wrestler Michael Mordarski, 20, of Marietta, Ga., and former wrestler Daniel Scott Campenella, 21, of Coral Springs, Fla., were charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.
The six students who were charged had been attending a party at a house a few doors from Davis' home, less than two miles from the N.C. State campus.