Deyanna Davis expected to return home Wednesday

LISTEN: Her mother reacts to federal judge's ruling she can be released

Mike Baggerman
July 07, 2020 - 11:00 pm
Deyanna Davis. (Photo courtesy of Myles Carter)

Deyanna Davis. (Photo courtesy of Myles Carter)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – The family of Deyanna Davis posted bond in order for her to be released from custody, though they will still have to wait until either Wednesday or possibly Thursday for her to return to her home in Buffalo.

Davis, 31, was charged in state court with aggravated assault and attempted murder after she drove an SUV through a line of police officers on Bailey Avenue on June 1. She was also charged in federal court with possessing a stolen gun that was in the possession of Semaj Pigram, who was in the car with Davis.

Federal Judge Lawrence Villardo ruled Davis can be released from jail, despite objections from prosecutors who argued she is a threat to the public and knew the gun was in her car. Davis’s attorney successfully argued that she did not know about the gun in the car until after it was shot by Pigram and that she panicked amid the chaotic scene that evening on Bailey Avenue which also saw tear gas in the streets to control rioters.

Davis, Pigram, and Walter Stewart were all in the same car driving on Bailey Avenue from a funeral reception. For reasons that have not been made clear, Pigram fired ten shots from the stolen gun that he was in possession of into the air on Bailey Avenue. Because Davis was in the car with the gun, she was also charged with the same crime.

“She won’t actually come out for one or two days because they have to get probation to go to her house to make sure she has a landline phone that accommodates her ankle monitor,” Ayanna Carr, Davis’s mother, said. “Within two days she’ll be walking out.”

Samuel Davis, Deyanna’s defense attorney, said his client will most likely be released sometime Wednesday afternoon.

Carr said she is grateful and excited that her daughter can return home, though she acknowledged that there is still more challenges along the way for her. This includes a likely indictment from a grand jury that will set the stage for a trial which, if found guilty, could put Davis in prison for decades.  

“Her just being home with her children and being gone away for these almost 40 days…it’s let her know that (she can be) suddenly taken away from your family,” Carr said. “It’s more important to be at home with your family. Even if she doesn’t get permission to go to the grocery store, I’m willing to go to the grocery store. My mother is willing to the grocery store (as is) my grandmother.”

Deyanna Davis

Police shot her at least twice by real bullets after she hit Ensminger and also hit her with rubber bullets, according to Carr. Carr said her daughter was initially unable to walk but is slowly recovering, which is why there was such a push for her to return home.

“I think the most damage is mentally,” she said. “Any time there is trauma you may need to discuss something that maybe she can tell the family. She has an outlet.”

Polce found ecstasy, cocaine, and alcohol in her system that night when driving the car. Carr said she may have taken a synthetic pill that had more than one substance in it.

Trooper Ensminger survived the incident and was discharged from the hospital last month. Our request for an update on his condition from New York State Police was not returned.

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