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Watson man admits to murdering his son to avoid trial

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LOWVILLE — A Watson man on Monday afternoon admitted to killing his son with a shotgun, accepting a plea deal just prior to the start of jury selection in his trial.

Lyle F. Davoy Sr., 56, of 9520 Stillwater Road, pleaded guilty in Lewis County Court to second-degree murder, while charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree criminal use of a firearm were withdrawn.

Sentencing was set for Dec. 6. He is expected to be sentenced to no more than 17 years to life in state prison, less than he probably would have faced had he been convicted by a jury, according to Lewis County District Attorney Leanne K. Moser.

“I believe justice was served with the court’s decision for sentencing,” Ms. Moser said.

Davoy was accused of shooting Lyle F. Davoy Jr., 29, in the upper torso with a 20-gauge shotgun the night of May 13 outside a Stillwater Road residence, causing his son’s death.

“The defendant accepted responsibility for the death of his son,” Ms. Moser said.

The plea should also help provide closure to the younger Mr. Davoy’s mother and other family members, she said.

While potential jury members came in Monday morning, attorneys were tending to “legal issues” and continuing discussions on a possible plea deal, and the deal was reached before jury selection actually commenced, the district attorney said.

Ms. Moser said a final-hour plea like Davoy’s is not unheard of, as defendants actually get a look at potential jury members and more completely see the evidence against them.

“Often, that does lead to resolution on that day,” she said.

The death was ruled a homicide by Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone, Lewis County coroner’s physician, following an autopsy conducted at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville. Dr. Livingstone determined the cause of death was extensive bleeding stemming from a single gunshot wound.

Estranged from his father for most of his life, the younger Mr. Davoy was raised by his mother and stepfather in Virginia, family members have said. However, he relocated to Lewis County a couple of years ago, reconnected with his father and had been living in the Stillwater Road residence with him since December, they said.

Davoy is being represented by the county’s public defender group, Lewis Defenders PLLC. He is being held without bail in Lewis County jail.

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