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Former M.E. explains next steps in Davis murder investigation

O.C. Smith O.C. Smith
Lisa Davis Lisa Davis
Austin Agee Austin Agee

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Former Shelby County Medical Examiner O.C. Smith spoke Tuesday to Action News 5 about what family members and the public can expect next in the Lisa Renee Davis murder investigation.

Davis, 29, was found last Wednesday, shortly after a man police wanted to question about her disappearance committed suicide. A note found on the body of 21-year-old Austin Agee led police to Davis' body.

Investigators said Davis and Agee had partied together with a group of mutual friends the night before her death. Davis, a part-time model, was reported missing by co-workers at a motorcycle dealership in Memphis.

Police say Davis died at her residence in Bartlett after she was shot with a .22-caliber firearm. 

Tuesday, former Shelby County Medical Examiner Dr. O.C. Smith said murder-suicide cases are typically quickly closed.

"It's going to be something that's going to be looked at; judged quickly," Smith said. "A lot of hard questions for the family may go unanswered."

Bartlett police say the case is not yet closed.  Investigators are still waiting for the full autopsy and toxicology report from the Medical Examiner.

Smith says the point in waiting is to identify any disconnect between what the police investigation reveals and what the autopsy reveals. If there's no disconnect - case closed - though questions could linger.

"One of the most painful questions is, even though she was mortally injured, had there been intervention, could she have survived," Smith said.

But with no apparent witness, finding answers will not be easy.

"Some of the answers are going to be assumed," Smith said. "A lot of the facts are going to be lost forever."

According to Smith, the pressure to solve other outstanding cases often keeps the fine details of a case like the Davis murder a mystery forever.

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