NEW BOSTON, TX -- A video of the beating that killed a correctional officer in July 2015 at the Barry Telford Unit in New Boston was played for the jury Monday morning in Billy Joel Tracy’s capital murder trial.
A man identified by multiple witnesses as Tracy leaves his cell the morning of July 15, 2015, without a shirt, wearing basketball shorts and tennis shoes as a female correctional officer escorts him to a dayroom in building 12 of the prison.
Tracy occupied cell 66 of E pod where he was housed in administrative segregation, in the surveillance video played as former Telford video supervisor Mark Adcock Jr. testified under questioning from Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp.
The offender walks with his hands behind his back as if cuffed as Correctional Officer Timothy Davison, 47, escorts Tracy up a flight of metal stairs to the hallway in front of cell 66.
Once the cell door is opened, the offender slips his hand free of the cuffs and attacks Davison, who falls to the floor. The offender takes Davison’s metal tray slot bar, which is a 16-inch metal tool used to open the slots in cell doors, and repeatedly smashes an unconscious Davison in the head and face. Tracy then throws his body down the stairs, revealing a puddle of blood where Davison’s head had been. The offender uses Davison’s pepper spray to fill the air in the stairwell and throws the metal slot bar down the stairs before entering cell 66 and shutting the door.