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February 11, 2014
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Love triangle led to Winston shooting, police say

A Winston man being held on suspicion of murder usually carried a .357-caliber handgun and used it Saturday to kill a man who was hosting his wife at 2:45 a.m., according to police allegations.

Donald Dwight Davis, 38, was arraigned Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court on suspicion of murdering Robert Williams, 30, at a trailer park in the 30 block of Main Street in Winston.

Davis was assigned Eugene-based attorney Elizabeth Baker to represent him.

Davis is accused of entering Williams’ trailer, finding him in a bedroom and shooting him, according to a police affidavit filed with the court.

He fled and was arrested Saturday evening at a home in Tenmile, according to police.

Davis is being held without bail in the Douglas County Jail.

Winston police responded to a 911 call around 2:45 a.m. and found Williams lying on his bed with a gunshot wound to the head.

A witness said she believed the shooter was Davis, according to police.

Another witness told police that before the shooting Davis asked him where his wife was. The man said she was inside Williams’ trailer and followed Davis inside, believing there would be trouble, police said.

The witness told police that Davis opened the bedroom door, pointed a gun at Williams and fired. The witness took off running before returning to check on Williams.

Williams was still breathing when paramedics arrived. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, where he was pronounced dead.

A tip led police to Davis in Tenmile, where he was arrested at about 7 p.m. at a home in the 700 block of Rays Lane.

According to police, Davis told investigators he looked out his window around 2:45 a.m. and saw his wife’s car parked at Williams’ trailer. As usual, Davis was wearing the gun his wife bought him.

Police say Davis told them he walked over to Williams’ trailer, knocked on the door and no one answered. He then let himself in the trailer.

Inside, he saw his wife and Williams in the bedroom, according to police.

Davis initially said Williams lunged at him and the gun went off, though he later told investigators he pulled the trigger, according to police.

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