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St. Petersburg police arrest man they say killed father of six Timothy Davis

Denzel Rashad Tarver, 26, faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Timothy Karl Davis, 34, a father of six was shot and killed on May 15, 2017, in St. Petersburg's Jordan Park neighborhood. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
Denzel Rashad Tarver, 26, faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Timothy Karl Davis, 34, a father of six was shot and killed on May 15, 2017, in St. Petersburg's Jordan Park neighborhood. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
Published May 20, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — Police on Saturday arrested a 26-year-old man wanted in the killing of a father of six.

St. Petersburg police said they took Denzel Tarver into custody without incident at 10:30 a.m. He was arrested on charges of second-degree murder in the May 15 slaying of Timothy K. Davis Jr.

Officers issued a warrant for his arrest Tuesday.

Police said Tarver shot Davis at 11th Avenue S and 23rd Street and then ran. Police and paramedics arrived quickly, but efforts to resuscitate Davis failed.

Family of the 34-year-old father said he had turned his life around since finishing a state prison sentence last year. He had plans to get married soon and was devoted to his children, they said.

READ MORE: Man shot to death in St. Petersburg's Jordan Park area

Tarver has previously been arrested nine times on drugs, weapons, burglary, battery and fraud charges, state records show. He was three times sentenced to state prison, once in 2009 after pleading guilty to burglary, and twice in 2015 after pleading guilty to fraud and drug possession, records show.

Times senior news researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Contact Josh Solomon at jsolomon@tampabay.com. Follow @josh_solomon15.