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UPDATE: Bradley County man indicted in 2015 murder

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UPDATE: A Bradley County grand jury has convicted Sean Davenport of first-degree murder in the 2015 death of Michael Swafford. 

Davenport has been sentenced to life in prison.


PREVIOUS STORY: The suspect involved in a fatal shooting on Goode Street has been identified as Sean Angelo Davenport.  Davenport, 43, is charged with second-degree murder and was taken to the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.

Davenport was taken into custody shortly after the shooting and held for questioning for most of the day. 

Neighbors say the victim, 38-year-old Michael Swafford was a friend of his and staying at his home.

"I heard them three shots so naturally that's when I come to the door," said neighbor James Ervin, "And that's when I seen
her walking down the road and seen him backing out."

Police say a woman called 911 to report a shooting at her home on Goode Street. That's where police found Swafford dead from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

"The caller advised someone else had shot him," said Officer Anthony Cochran, Cleveland Police Department,  "That's the only information we had at the time, that's what we were basing our investigation on."

Shortly after the shooting, police came upon a car stuck in the mud new the APD 40 on ramp on Blue Springs Road.

The officer recognized the driver's name from a domestic assault call on Monday at the same address where Swafford was killed.

"The person that we're interviewing had an accident just down the road, and there had been a domestic here prior, yesterday, involving that subject," Officer Cochran said, "So that's what raised our suspicion he may have been back over here again."

Davenport was treated for minor injuries from the crash and immediately taken into custody for questioning. 

Channel 3 obtained the 911 records from Monday's domestic assault call. It says Davenport lives at the home with his girlfriend. The girlfriend's father called police because he thought his daughter was "beaten up" by Davenport. The call log says the father told dispatch, "he pulled a gun on her and she has marks all over her body and possibly a broken hand."

The 911 call log goes on to say, "she is denying anything that happened other than a verbal argument."

Davenport was not at the home when police responded to the domestic call on Monday and was not charged with any crime.

A neighbor overheard the fight that prompted a police response and says the couple recently allowed Swafford to stay with them.

"It's just fighting and fussing, screaming and hollering, cussing each other out," said neighbor Anita Cook, "Like I said it sounded like somebody was going through the wall."

Cook does not believe Swafford had anything to do with that call, but worries he may have died trying to keep another domestic situation from happening again.

"He was probably just trying to stop him from hurting her or something, because they all the time fighting," Cook said, "And he just, wrong place at the wrong time."A gun was found inside the vehicle after Davenport's crash and police believe it is the gun used in the murder.

Police also took the female, who called 9-1-1, into custody for questioning. At this time she is not facing any charges.


PREVIOUS STORY: Cleveland Police have identified the victim in Tuesday shooting as 38-year-old Michael Swafford of Cleveland.Police currently have a suspect in custody but no arrests or formal charges have been made.

This death marks the city's first homicide of 2015. 

Neighbors tell Channel 3 that the couple, said to be girlfriend and boyfriend, would often fight, and had a friend living with them. 

A request that Channel 3 made to the 911 Call Center showed that police responded to the same house Monday for a reported domestic issue.


PREVIOUS STORY: Cleveland police are working a fatal early morning shooting in the 1500 block of Goode Street.

The CPD's Facebook post says that officers arrived after 7:30am, they found one man dead from an apparent gunshot. 

Criminal Investigations Division Investigators believe the death to be a homicide. 

Cleveland Police Department CID Investigators are being assisted by Bradley County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit.

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