Crime & Courts

S.C. Supreme Court upholds Lexington death sentence

The state Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a Fort Jackson sergeant in 2002.

A Lexington County jury in 2006 deliberated less than three hours before imposing the death penalty on Kevin Mercer for shooting Tracy Davis, 35, a U.S. Army recruiter sergeant first class, to death outside Davis’ Fernandina Road apartment on May 16, 2002.

Lexington Sheriff’s deputies said Mercer and an accomplice killed Davis because they wanted Davis’ 1999 Lincoln Navigator to drive to a party in Atlanta.

The Supreme Court, which automatically reviews all death sentences in initial appeals, unanimously upheld Mercer’s sentence.

-- Rick Brundrett, rbrundrett@thestate.com

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