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Deyanna Davis released from federal custody in Buffalo

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Posted at 11:14 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 17:26:29-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Deyanna Davis, the woman accused of running over a New York State trooper and injuring two other officers, was released from federal custody Thursday.

Wednesday, Davis was released from the Erie County Holding Center and turned over to the United States Marshals Service.

Tuesday, following a stay that delayed the implementation of his previous order, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremiah McCarthy allowed for the conditional release of Davis to move forward.

Davis was already charged with aggravated assault, as well as other charges, over the incident on Bailey Avenue earlier this month. During a court appearance Wednesday, prosecutors presented evidence supporting a potential attempted murder charge. Her case is now moving to a Grand Jury, who will choose on which charges Davis will be indicted.

Under terms of the release, Davis will be allowed to return to her home in Buffalo with her husband and children. She must wear an electronic ankle monitor, cannot use alcohol or drugs, cannot possess any weapons, and is not allowed to have contact with her co-defendants. She will only be allowed to leave her home for medical and legal purposes.

Judge McCarthy also added the condition that she cannot drive a motor vehicle unless she has the approval of probation officials.

Surveillance video shows an SUV, driven by Davis, plow into a line of law enforcement officers in riot gear on Bailey Avenue. She was shot by police as prosecutors say she drove away from the scene. When police caught up to her vehicle, they say they found a loaded 9mm stolen handgun in the back seat. Two passengers were also arrested.

Prosecutors say Davis was under the influence of ecstasy and alcohol at the time. Toxicology reports show she had marijuana, cocaine, fentanyl and morphine in her system.

Trooper Ronald Ensminger, Jr. suffered a shattered pelvis and broken leg. After several weeks of rehabilitation, he was recently released from ECMC. Another state trooper and a Buffalo police officer were also injured.

Judge McCarthy said he does not believe the prosecution has proven Davis drove into the officers voluntarily.