Bald Head Island shooting case getting fresh look after 11 years

Published: May. 18, 2011 at 2:36 PM EDT|Updated: Dec. 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM EST
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Davina's father, Loy Buff, talks about the case.
Davina's father, Loy Buff, talks about the case.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A shooting case involving a Bald Head Island police officer, originally ruled a suicide, is getting a fresh look now that there's a new district attorney in Brunswick County.

In 1999, Davina Buff Jones died from a gunshot to the back of the head.

For the last decade, the Buff family has adamantly refused to believe Jones killed herself, calling repeatedly on former district attorney Rex Gore to reopen the case.

Now, it looks like the Buff family will get its wish. District Attorney Jon David, who beat Rex Gore and took over the office in November, said he's taking another look at the case.

David said he has an open mind when it comes to the case, and he believes there may have been a rush to judgment on the part of his predecessor.

In a 911 recording from the night of Jones' death, she tells a dispatcher she's "out with three," indicating she saw three people when she got out of her truck near the Old Baldy lighthouse.

A short time later, she can be heard saying there's no need to have a gun on Bald Head Island.

"Now put down the gun," Jones said. "Do me the favor and put down the..."  The last word was cut off as the radio went out.

An investigation showed Jones was shot with her own gun. The death was officially ruled suicide.

However, at four separate hearings over financial benefits, Jones' death was ruled a homicide, something Jones' parents continue to cling to as proof their daughter didn't commit suicide.

"The vindication I'm seeking is to show what sorry individuals have been running the county for eons of time," said Jones' father, Loy Buff.

He and his wife said they're grateful to Jon David for giving the case a fresh look after so many years.

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