Kingsport murder victim's family wants closure


For Jeffrey Ray and Jim Kerns, it has been painful saying goodbye to Michael Davidson. "My world came to an end," Davidson's brother Jeffrey Ray said. "Mike is the last of my family." Emotions running high as loved ones try to hold back their tears. "Mike never has hurt nobody," Davidson's step-father Jim Kerns said. "It was a shock to me, it was a shock." It has been about a week since Davidson was found dead inside his home on Mull Street in Kingsport. His step-father still remembers the day he had to tell police to knock down the door. It's a day he told News 5 he'll never forget. "Let's not talk about it, let's just not talk about it," Kerns said. The last time either family member heard from Davidson was on January 23. This is several days before his body was found. The red flag was when his van had been missing for about a week. Over the weekend, police arrested Jeffrey Flanary for the crime. He's facing felony murder, robbery, and theft charges, but Davidson's family doesn't think he acted alone. "From what I think, there was more involved than one, that's my opinion," Kerns said. We requested Flanary's criminal record from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. It's a lengthy report dating all the way back to 1987. It shows he's been arrested 18 times for crimes like aggravated robbery and failure to appear. Not much more can be said as police continue to piece together this crime. Now a family is left trying to get closure, wanting to know how and why their loved one was so tragically killed. "It's going to be very, very hard," Ray said. "My brother didn't deserve this." Flanary's bond was set at $250,000. No motive has been release at this time.

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