Man pleads guilty to role in ’15 killing

Treat is sen­tenced to 33 years in Fayet­teville woman’s death

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - RON WOOD

FAYET­TEVILLE — Christo­pher Lee Treat pleaded guilty Fri­day to his role in the bru­tal tor­ture and beat­ing of a woman in 2015.

Treat helped kill Vic­to­ria Anna­beth Davis, known as Tori, on Aug. 19, 2015, at Davis’ home on Hill Street, ac­cord­ing to his plea agree­ment.

Wash­ing­ton County Cir­cuit Judge

Mark Lindsay ac­cepted Treat’s plea to a lesser charge of ac­com­plice to first-de­gree mur­der and sen­tenced him to 33 years at the Arkansas Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tion. He was given credit for 1,205 days of jail time served. It will be about 23 years be­fore Treat is el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

Treat, 32, was orig­i­nally charged with ac­com­plice to cap­i­tal mur­der, which is pun­ish­able by ei­ther life with­out pa­role or the death penalty. Ac­com­plice to first-de­gree mur­der is pun­ish­able by 10 to 40 years or life.

Po­lice said Davis, 24, was held cap­tive for hours and beaten to death by five peo­ple. Davis died of blunt-force trauma. She was raped with a base­ball bat and hooked up to a bat­tery charger be­fore she died, ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony in a pre­vi­ous trial.

While in jail, Treat picked up sev­eral ad­di­tional charges in­volv­ing al­ter­ca­tions with deputies in­clud­ing two counts of sec­ond-de­gree bat­tery, ac­com­plice to sec­ond-de­gree bat­tery, ter­ror­is­tic threat­en­ing and im­pair­ing the op­er­a­tion of the Wash­ing­ton County jail. Treat was sen­tenced to an ad­di­tional five years on those charges.

Brian Lamb, a deputy prose­cu­tor who filled in at the hear­ing for Prose­cu­tor

Matt Dur­rett, said pros­e­cu­tors were pleased with the out­come. Treat will have to spend 70 per­cent of the sen­tence from the mur­der charge be­fore first be­ing el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

“I would say it’s a rea­son­able out­come see­ing as how he agreed to co­op­er­ate and tes­ti­fied against his co-de­fen­dant,” Lamb said.

Drew Led­bet­ter, Treat’s at­tor­ney, said it was a fair out­come, given the cir­cum­stances.

“No­body thinks Chris Treat was the most cul­pa­ble of this group. Chris is def­i­nitely a fol­lower. He has a very low IQ and is eas­ily in­flu­enced,” Led­bet­ter said. “If you look at Chris’ his­tory, Chris grew up in the foster care sys­tem, he’s had a rough life. He’s very much a prod­uct of his en­vi­ron­ment.”

Mark Ed­ward Chum­ley, 49, was found guilty of ac­com­plice to cap­i­tal mur­der in Oc­to­ber and sen­tenced to life in prison with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role.

Chris Treat tes­ti­fied against Chum­ley and told ju­rors he par­tic­i­pated in killing Vic­to­ria Davis be­cause Chum­ley threat­ened to kill him and his wife if they tried to leave.

De­sire Am­ber Treat, 32, pleaded guilty last week to ac­com­plice to first-de­gree mur­der and was sen­tenced to 33 years at the Arkansas Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tion. She was given credit for 1,198 days of jail time served.

John Christo­pher Davis, 30, who was Tori Davis’ hus­band, pleaded guilty ear­lier this year to be­ing an ac­com­plice to first-de­gree mur­der and was sen­tenced to 37 years in prison in ex­change for his tes­ti­mony against Chum­ley.

Davis told ju­rors Chum­ley was the first to hit Tori with a bat. He also said Chum­ley ma­nip­u­lated and threat­ened him into par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Davis said Chum­ley told him he would kill him if he tried to stop the beat­ing and sent him for a bat­tery charger and con­nected it to Tori Davis’ breasts and plugged it in. Later, Chum­ley or­dered the group to take Tori Davis to a small house on the prop­erty and in­jected her with some sub­stance, Davis said. Tori Davis’ body was locked in that house when po­lice ar­rived.

The re­main­ing de­fen­dant is Re­becca Lee Lloyd, 39. She has a court date in Jan­uary.

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