WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL)—The 30th District courtroom was sold out this morning when the 78th District courthouse roster was merged with the 30th District due to an Jury trial pending in Judge Kennedy’s courthouse.
Nearly five years after Davonta Combs was shot and killed in the Studio E parking lot in 2018, a suspect in the shooting has been convicted. Davonta Combs’ mother, Cassandra Watson, was there to address the man who was found guilty of playing a part in the shooting of his son.
In his victim impact statement, Watson told Strawn that he couldn’t get away with it and that he’s a coward and is going to get what he deserves while in prison. After finishing her statement, Strawn’s mother could be heard in the background stating that her son did nothing, at which point Watson told her to “shut up” before chasing after her, causing the sheriff’s deputies to intervene. Wichita County.
Strawn was arrested in connection with a gunfight at the Studio E Club in 2018 and charged with killing Davonta Combs and wounding two women, with an AR 15 rifle. Strawn was also wounded with two gunshots during the shootout. Cases against two other suspects accused of shooting were later dropped.
Strawn was charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Yesterday, his attorney and prosecutors agreed to a plea deal, changing the murder charge to manslaughter, for a 15-year prison sentence. He agreed to plead one of the aggravated assault charges for a 5-year prison sentence, and the other charge will be dropped, an arrangement Watson was not happy with.
“I don’t think that’s a long enough sentence for what he did, I don’t care what innocence he claims to have, he wasn’t willing, he did it intentionally,” Watson said.
Strawn proclaimed his innocence in a letter to the judge. His bail was lowered and he got out of jail, but then he was arrested again in March 2021, when he fell behind on payments for his court-ordered ankle monitor and was ordered to use his stimulus check from government for the overdue account. Strawn’s 15 and 5 year sentences will run concurrently and he will be credited with 967 days of time served.