Josephus Davis Biography — Wiki
Josephus Davis is a man accused of killing dog walker Milan Loncar and released on bail just two weeks before the slaying after his kidnapping trial was delayed eight times. The delays that led a judge to lower Davis’ bail have been blamed on a combination of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Josephus was arrested over the killing of 25-year-old Milan Loncar who was shot on Wednesday night while walking his dog about a block from his Brewerton, Philadelphia home. He posted $20,000 bail on December 29 on charges of motor theft and kidnapping, and $12,000 on charges. The figures had been dramatically reduced from the original sums of $100,000 and $200,000 respectively, the paper said.
MAJOR UPDATE to a 💔 story. Josephus Davis, 20, is charged with the murder of Milan Loncar, 25, who was shot and killed while walking his dog a block from his #Brewerytown home. @PhillyPolice have ID’ed a 2nd suspect, but are not yet releasing his name. https://t.co/617AeB13aI
— Trang Do (@TrangDoCBS3) January 18, 2021
Josephus Davis Age
Josephus Davis is 20 years old.
Josephus Davis: What happened to Milan Loncar?
Milan Loncar was shot dead just before 7 pm local time on Wednesday after being approached by two men. Police said one of the men pointed a gun at Loncar then both reached for his pants pockets before he was shot once in the chest. Surveillance footage captured the deadly encounter.
Loncar was reportedly still holding the leash of his dachshund-chihuahua mix dog named Roo when officers found his body.
Later that evening, officers apprehended the driver of a vehicle stopped in connection with a carjacking from the day before.
Four other men fled the vehicle and the captured driver was later identified as Josephus, who lives just two streets away from Loncar.
He was charged with murder and related offenses, according to The Inquirer. Police said a second man has been identified in the killing and is considered a person of interest. District Attorney Larry Krasner said in a statement on Sunday night that his office had opposed the reductions in Josephus’ bail before the judges but that the sums had been slashed ‘over our objections’.
What we know so far about Josephus Davis
Josephus David has a long rap sheet, having been arrested five times since January 2019, prior to the most recent accusations.
In February 2020 he was arrested on 11 counts including charges of kidnapping for ransom, robbery, car theft, firearms violations and other charges relating to a case from the previous summer.
Roh said the victim in the alleged offense was an Uber driver and court records show that bail of $100,000 had been set the day after Josephus’ arrest. He did not post bail and remained behind bars for most of 2020.
Pandemic-related courthouse closures caused repeated delays to Josephus’ case but, according to The Inquirer, records also show that authorities were not ready to proceed.
Josephus Davis bail
The paper reported that on one occasion a witness was not in court while on another, officials did not bring Josephus to court from jail. Judge Teresa Carr Deni lowered Josephus’ bail to $20,000 following a motion from his court-appointed defense lawyer James Richard Llyod III.
Josephus posted $2,000 – the required 10% of his bail – on December 29, two weeks before Loncar’s January 13 killing. While still in jail in September last year, Josephus was charged with aggravated harassment and had his bail set at $200,000.
Prior to those arrests, Josephus had been charged with committing two robberies in 2019, court records show. He pleaded guilty to both charges in January 2020 and received a six-12-month jail sentence plus two years probation.