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Mother of suspect in Josh Kruger’s death wants phone records released – NBC10 Philadelphia

Relatives of Robert Davis, 20, who was arrested in the murder of LGBTQ+ and homelessness community advocate and journalist Josh Kruger, claim evidence on the murdered man’s phone could help explain why the killing happened.

On Wednesday, standing outside Kruger’s home on the 2300 block of Watkins Street in the city’s Point Breeze neighborhood, Damica Davis, the suspect’s mother, called for the public release of information she said was found on the phone of Kruger state.

Davis claims this information would show her son acted in self-defense.

“I really wish there was something different so he didn’t have to serve 15 to 30 years to protect himself,” she said.

Kruger, 39, — who spent his career working for a number of media outlets in Philadelphia and working for the city for a number of years — was shot several times in the chest and abdomen just before 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 1. 2, 2023.

Davis, who police say was in a relationship with Kruger, was arrested shortly after the incident and charged with murder and other crimes.

He is expected to plead guilty in court next week.

Still, Davis’ mother — joined by his older brother, Quran, and a family friend — spoke out Wednesday, calling on officials to release messages, photos and videos they say are on Kruger’s phone.

Because he was previously employed by the city, Damica Davis called Kruger a public figure and alleged that he began an inappropriate relationship with her son when he was just 15 years old.

“I don’t want the evidence they found in this man’s phone to be swept under the rug,” she said.

Davis lived with his family just down the street from Kruger and, his mother said, the two met on a dating app for LGBTQ men in a relationship that began five years before the murder.

She also claimed that the two regularly used drugs together.

“You could see that, we could tell that he was clearly not well or something because his eyes were like that,” said Jamir Miles, a friend of the Davis family.

In the past, Kruger had often written about his personal struggles with homelessness and drug addiction.

According to Davis’ family, on the day Kruger was killed, he allegedly threatened to release images – which the suspected killer’s family claims Kruger had of Davis – if the younger man did not do something sexual for him.

Davis’ mother said her son refused and in response Davis told her he had “lost it.”

“He understands that he could have handled it a different way,” Davis’ mother said. “And he, as he said, blacked out for those few minutes that he was doing this and he regrets it.”

NBC10 has reached out to prosecutors and the attorneys representing Davis for comment on this story.

Both had no comment as the case is open and ongoing.

In lieu of jail time, Davis’ mother claims her son needs mental health and drug treatment.