Fifteen-To-Life For 2005 Edgemere Shooting
By Howard Schwach
An Edgemere man was sentenced to 15 years to life at Queens Supreme Court on February 6 in connection with the 2005 shooting death of a 32-year-old father of three whom he thought was having a liaison with his girlfriend.
Jerry Anthony Davis, 39, also known as Anthony Davis, pled guilty to murder in the second degree in January in the January 2005 murder of Eric Dunning, who was shot several times in the head and torso in the stairwell of 40-20 Beach Channel Drive in the Edgemere Houses.
According to a report of the shooting in The Wave when it occurred, Dunning, mortally wounded, crept into the building's lobby and was able to tell responding police officers the name of the man who shot him.
He was transported to Mary Immaculate Hospital, where he died about three hours later as a result of his wounds.
101 Precinct detectives arrested Davis, who lived in the same building, a few hours later.
Davis had been released from prison in June of 2005 after serving fifteen years for firing wildly inside a Queens bodega in 1988, striking and wounding three people.
Published reports at the time of the shooting said that Davis saw Dunning leaving his unidentified girlfriend's apartment in the building and mistakenly believed that Dunning was dating the woman.
Police said that the woman was "a friend who he was visiting" and it was not believed that he had a romantic involvement with her.
When Davis pled guilty to Dunning's murder, his father, Deacon Ira Stewart, the deacon at St. John's Baptist Church, told The Wave that he is satisfied with the plea agreement that brought Davis a sentence of fifteen years to life in prison.
"It has been a long two years," Stewart said. "We know that [Davis] will not be a young man when he gets back to the streets."