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Mother's ordeal ends as an Oklahoma City man is convicted of killing her son

An Oklahoma County jury convicted Christian Castro, 23, of the murder of Darryl Davis Jr., 22, on Monday night. Castro was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The victim’s mother shared her experiences about the long road to justice.
by Matt Dinger Modified: April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm •  Published: April 2, 2014

A mother’s two-year wait for justice has ended.

Christian Cortuan Castro, 23, of Oklahoma City, was convicted by an Oklahoma County jury Monday night of the first-degree murder of Darryl Glenn Davis Jr. Jurors chose a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Davis, 22, was killed the night of Jan. 23, 2012, in a southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood. He was found by police dead of a gunshot wound to the back of the head near SW 8 and Brookline Avenue.

As jury deliberation stretched from afternoon and through the evening, Davis’ mother, Kim Smith, began to worry that jurors would acquit Castro or convict him of a lesser charge of accessory or accomplice to murder, she said.

“My heart just started pounding, and I'm telling myself, ‘Don’t cry. Don’t cry. Don’t cry,’” she said.

Those worries dissipated when the jury returned its guilty verdict.

“I was kind of like numb. I'm happy that he got life without parole. I'm just thinking that my son can rest now,” Smith said.

Another man with Castro the night of the shooting, Nelson Williams, initially also was charged with first-degree murder. Williams later agreed to testify against Castro in exchange for a lesser charge of accessory to murder.

Williams testified that it was Castro who shot Davis in the back of the head. Several other details from his version of events were corroborated by other facts in the case.

Williams also testified that in the moments leading up to the shooting, he and Davis talked about their relationships and how both of their girlfriends were pregnant.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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