In what authorities are calling a drug deal gone bad, has left one man dead and five others behind bars facing serious charges
Around 8:00 PM on Sunday, January 8, deputies were called to the scene of a shooting in the 1900 block of Highway 190W in Slidell. Three individuals, Christover Davis, Cody Hartley, and Anthony Ussin were negotiating a deal to sell marijuana to Javonte Donaldson, Amira Bickham, and Joshua Gayles.
The group agreed on a price and decided to meet at a house directly next to the Baptiste Apartments on Highway 190W. Both groups came armed with guns, already anticipating that the drug deal could go bad for one side or the other. The buyers (Donalson, Bickham, and Gayles) pulled up to the residence in a vehicle, at which time both Donaldon and Gayles exited the vehicle with firearms.
Around the same time, the sellers (Davis, Hartley, and Ussin) exited the house, at which time, during the course of the narcotics transaction, both sides began exchanging gun fire at each other. Christover Davis fatally stuck Javonte Donaldson, who suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. Joshua Gayles shot Christover Davis once in the abdomen, however, Davis’ injury was not fatal.
The two groups fled, leaving detectives with several pieces of the puzzle to put together. Over the course of less than forty-eight hours, detectives were able obtain arrest warrants for all of the involved parties. All of the subjects are in custody and are currently at the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Christover Davis, DOB: 12-20-94, Slidell, LA - First Degree Murder
Cody Hartley, DOB: 6-30-96, Slidell, LA - Principal to First Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice
Anthony Ussin, DOB: 3-27-90, Slidell, LA - Principal to First Degree Murder
Amira Bickham, DOB: 5-13-97, Slidell, LA - Principal to Attempted First Degree Murder
Joshua Gayles, DOB: 12-27-94, Slidell, LA -Principal to Attempted First Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, “We want to send a strong message. If you think you are going to act like a bunch on gang members on the Northshore, think again. We will not tolerate it. The sad thing is that now a family is mourning the death of a loved one and five others are going to spend a very long time behind bars.”
This is the first recorded murder of 2017 in St. Tammany Parish.