‘Murder-For-Hire’ Case Transferred From Wyoming To Vermont

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

The case of a Colorado man accused of disguising himself as a U.S. Marshal to kidnap and kill a Vermont man four years ago is being transferred from Wyoming to Vermont.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday show the case of Jerry Banks, who was arrested in Yellowstone National Park and charged with kidnapping in the 2018 death of Greg Davis, has been assigned to the federal court in Vermont.

Davis’ body was found partially covered in snow in northern Vermont in January 2018. He had been handcuffed and shot six times.

Davis was last been seen alive the previous night, when a person identifying himself as a U.S. Marshal visited Davis’ home in Danville, Vermont, and said he had a warrant for Davis’ arrest on a charge of racketeering.

An affidavit filed in support of Banks’ arrest in Wyoming said Banks had obtained items related to a U.S. Marshal’s uniform and vehicle online. 

The affidavit also said that a few minutes before Davis was kidnapped, a cell phone call was made to 911 services from a location a short distance from Davis’ home. The caller told police he had shot his wife and planned to kill himself.

Investigators determined the cell phone used to make the call to 911 belonged to Banks.

“I believe Banks used the … phone to facilitate the victim’s kidnapping and murder,” said the affidavit, written by FBI Special Agent Patrick Hanna.

Hanna also concluded that since Banks had no connection with Davis, he had been hired to kidnap and kill the man.

Since Davis’ death, records surrounding the case have been sealed by court officials in Vermont.

Banks’ arrest last week in Yellowstone, where he was working, followed an exhaustive investigation by FBI agents and detectives with the Vermont State Police, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Vermont.

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