GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The father of the brother and sister accused in a road rage shooting told 24 Hour News 8 that he thinks the death of a family member may have been part of what caused the pair to snap.
In a rare case of codefendants being brother and sister, Jeanette and Jountay Zeamer Davis -- who goes by Zeamer -- have been arrested and charged in connection to the fender bender-turned-shooting death of 42-year-old Lance Byers.
Edward McFarrin is Zeamer Davis's father and Jeanette Davis's stepfather. McFarrin said the details of the situation are completely out of character for the two.
"I was watching the news, and I seen this car and they was saying it was a Navigator. I was like, 'OK, my son has a Navigator,'" said McFarrin. But he dismissed the thought that his children could be involved. "They don't get into situations like that. And it turned out to be them."
Jeanette and Zeamer Davis were arraigned on Wednesday in connection to the crime. Jeanette, who police say pulled the trigger, faces second-degree murder and felony firearm charges. Zeamer is charged with being an accessory after the fact.
"Jeanette was always a very good kid," said McFarrin. "I just don't understand how this could happen."
McFarrin said he tried to call his son after hearing the descriptions on the news, but couldn't reach him. He said he thought nothing more of it until he learned of the arrests.
McFarrin said that the morning of the murder had a already been a stressful day for the siblings. Zeamer Davis had just picked his sister up to be with their grieving family. They'd learned just a short time before the shooting that their great-grandmother died.
"I think that they had a lot on their minds," said McFarrin. "They were out of their mind during that particular time and one thing escalated to the next and it just blew out of proportion."
Family members said that Jeanette was afraid for her brother -- a smaller man who was booked at the jail at 125 pounds -- as he was facing off with Byers, who was larger than him.
They said Jeanette meant to shoot Byers in the leg but never meant to kill him.
"My heart, my soul goes out to his family. My apologies," said McFarrin. "They're losing a loved one. I'm sorry for this -- that it occurred. Part of my family has done this -- my two children, my step child and my son. They was never a bad child."
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