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Teenage killer describes frequent sex with man

Ricky Chavis, 41, is on trial on kidnapping and battery charges.

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February 12, 2003


PENSACOLA -- Confessed teenage killer Alex King testified Tuesday that a convicted child molester had oral sex with him about 10 times in the months before he and his brother murdered their sleeping father with an aluminum baseball bat.

Alex, now 13, said he had just turned 12 when he first had sex with Ricky Chavis, 41, at the family friend's Pensacola home in the summer of 2001.

"He said things like we were gay, no one would understand," Alex testified at Chavis' trial on charges of kidnapping and molesting the boy.

The boy, dressed in jail garb of a green shirt and orange pants, stared straight ahead or down with little change of expression during much of his testimony. The trial is to continue today.

Alex also recalled how he and his brother, Derek, then 13, carried out a plot to kill their father, Terry King, 40, as he slept in a recliner early Nov. 26, 2001, at their home in nearby Cantonment.

The boys had run away from home 10 days before and stayed at Chavis' house, where they smoked marijuana, played video games and watched television, Alex said.

Derek was caught while visiting a friend and returned to his father two days before the murder. Alex said Chavis then returned him the next day after they concocted a story so the boys' father wouldn't know where they had been.

The King brothers initially confessed to the killing, but then blamed Chavis. They and Chavis were tried separately on first-degree murder charges. One jury acquitted Chavis while another convicted the brothers of a lesser offense, second-degree murder without a weapon. Circuit Judge Frank Bell threw out their convictions and ordered mediation that resulted in both boys' pleading guilty to third-degree murder. Alex is serving a seven-year sentence and Derek eight years at separate juvenile centers.

Chavis is facing a possible life sentence if convicted of kidnapping a child under 13 and 15 years each on 10 counts of lewd and lascivious battery on minor.

He also is set for trial Feb. 24 on charges of being an accessory after the fact to murder and evidence tampering.

Chavis was convicted of molesting two 13-year-old boys in 1983.

Alex testified that the boys called Chavis from a nearby convenience store after the killing and he picked them up, washed their clothes and hid them from police. Before he turned them in, Alex said, Chavis told them to claim that their father had abused them and that they killed him in self-defense.

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