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Man Accused Of Stabbing Girlfriend To Death Had Violent Past

Police respond to concerns over violent offender free to reoffend.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR- The loved ones of Jada Young made a memorial on the corner where earlier this week, she was stabbed to death.

"We were called out to east 2nd in reference to a stabbing," said Sargeant Brian Dedrick with North Little Rock Police.

This was the latest, and last, in a number of violent encounters between Young and the man charged with her murder, Johnny Davis.

"I think she was very scared of this individual this boyfriend," said Dedrick. "Unfortunately the victim did not want to pursue charges and signed a do not prosecute form."

Making it difficult for police to throw the book at her attacker.

Davis was out on parole at the time, so he was sent back to prison until being released in January.

According to the Arkansas Community Correction, Davis was following the conditions of his latest release and had even met with his parole officer one week before this Monday's stabbing.

"The first thing to do is always call the police," said Dina Tyler with the ACC who said this incident should not be taken as an indication of insufficiencies in the system as a whole.

"The process is changing," she said. "Everything is tightening up a whole lot."

While officials promise changes to the process, the memorial is now the lasting memory of a woman people said was a good friend and neighbor.

ACC officials also wanted to point out Young had not only been a victim but said she was just recently released from the female corrections unit in November for battery charges of her own.

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