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Indicted Child Rapist Charged with Solicitation to Commit First Degree Murder
A Lutrell man charged with raping an 11 year old child is in the Knox County Detention Facility accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill the girl and her family. The hit man, however, was a Knox County Sheriff’s Office undercover officer. Twenty-one year old James Wallace Davenport is charged with six counts of Solicitation to Commit First Degree Murder. According to the warrant, Davenport solicited the undercover officer to kill the girl, her fetus, her parents, and her two sisters so the state would not be able to prosecute him on the rape charge. A Knox County Grand Jury indicted Davenport on the child rape charge on November 18 and he was being held on a $250,000 bond. Bond was set at $50,000 for each of the six charges to solicit murder. Campbell County also has a hold on him for violating probation on a theft charge.
The KCSO’s investigation led to information that Davenport wanted to hire a hit man. According to the warrant, Davenport thought the hit man he was talking to was “Jack Moore.” The undercover officer posing as Jack Moore talked to Davenport during jail visitation and recorded their conversation. Davenport was charged Tuesday night with soliciting the murders.