Woman pleads not guilty in man's killing

Published On: Mar 24 2014 11:27:47 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 24 2014 11:36:39 AM EDT

Karla Davis pleads not guilty at her arraignment.


A woman charged with killing a man driving past her house after she came home and found her home burglarized pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree murder.

Karla Davis, 36, had just returned to her home on Ancona Drive North just after 9 p.m. Feb. 21 with her daughter and boyfriend when she discovered her house had been broken into.

Police said Ian Klinedinst, 22, was in a vehicle with his 2-year-old daughter and friend. He was being followed by his girlfriend, her friend and two other children in another vehicle. Both vehicles drove by Davis' home on the way to a well-known place for socializing at the end of Earline Circle North.

As they reached their destination they noticed it had been built-out, and they turned around and passed Davis' home again. Police said Davis, angry about the burglary, had blocked the road with her car.

The first car weaved around Davis' car, and as the other car occupied by Klinedinst (pictured) and his 2-year-old passed, Davis fired a shot, hitting Klinedinst's face.

The driver of the other vehicle fired a shot back at Davis' car, but missed. Police said he would not be charged.

Davis went back to her house, packed a bag and went to a hotel. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office found her and arrested her.

Police said Davis claimed the shooting was in self-defense, but witness accounts and physical evidence refute that claim.

Davis was booked into the Duval County Jail on a murder charge.


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