The Murder of Terry King
Ricky Chavis's trial
Ricky Chavis's trial took place in August 2002. It took just four days of hearings and five hours of deliberation for the jury to reach its decision; but their verdict would only be announced after the boys' trial later that month.
Chavis' brother Michael told the jury that he was with his brother when they heard news of the fire on his police scanner. Then Ricky Chavis got a telephone call. He left and came back with the boys. Then, Michael said, Derek King told him in graphic detail about killing his father and setting fire to the house.
Lead homicide detective Terry Kilgore told the jury he had no evidence that Chavis had been involved with the murder.
Defense attorney Mike Rollo produced witnesses who said that the boys told them that they planned and committed the crime, including a jail mate, Darrin Mathis, and a friend of their mother, Theresa Shumake. She said that, meeting their mother after their father's funeral, the boys at first didn't even recognize her, but that they quickly opened up and broke down, telling her all about murdering their father.
Ricky Chavis was convicted of falsely imprisoning Alex, but not of molestation. The verdict on the murder charges remained sealed during the King kids' trial.