After Five Years, Walnut Hill Double Shooting Murder Suspect Going To Trial This Week

September 19, 2023


Over five years after a Walnut Hill murder, the one of four defendants is set for trial this week.

In June 2018, Dalton Davis was found dead in a truck in Brushy Creek on Deere Creek Road near Atmore. Troy Dewayne Boutwell was found in critical condition near the road after crawling from the truck but survived his injuries. They were shot nine miles away at a home on Highway 164 near Walnut Hill (pictured bottom), according to investigators.

Christopher Alan Stacey (pictured top) is set for trial this week. He is charged with  first degree premeditated murder and attempted first degree murder. Stacey later claimed the shootings were self defense.

Court motions and denied appeals from the Florida First District Court of Appeals delayed the trail, but all of Stacey’s self defense motions were eventually denied.

His ex-wife, Jessica Nicole Thomas, was charged with accessory after the fact to homicide and accessory after the fact to attempted homicide for the shooting at her home on Highway 164. Stacey’s son, Christopher James Logan Stacey, and Alexis Ileene Shiffner Cain were both charged with accessory to homicide and accessory to attempted homicide. All three are awaiting sentencing.

The four defendants are in the Escambia County Jail without bond.

Alabama detectives learned that Boutwell had been at his friend’s house in the 5900 block of Highway 164, just east of Highway 97 in Walnut Hill. Deputies responded to find the suspects in the home.

An Escambia County, FL, investigator was contacted by Atmore Police to relay information on the shooting location. He instructed deputies to respond to the home where they found a couch burning in the backyard (photo below). Deputies extinguished the fire. Victim Boutwell later said he was shot on the couch in the home’s living room of the home, which is about nine miles from where the men were found with the truck.

According to the report, an AR-15 was found in one of the bedrooms and a 12 gauge shotgun was found in another bedroom. The report does not specify if either was the murder weapon. A bullet hole was found in an interior wall.

Christopher Alan Stacey was seated on a bucket across the road from the residence watching as investigators processed the crime scene, while his son sat  in a wooden chair in front of a neighboring home (both pictured below). Cain and Jessica Thomas were placed in the back of ECSO patrol vehicles as investigators worked.

Florida investigators also responded to the truck at Brushy Creek on Deere Creek Road in Alabama to process that crime scene with Alabama agencies.  The straight-line location of the truck was about 1,000 feet north of Alabama-Florida State line.

Christopher Alan Stacey, resides with Thomas at the home on Highway 164. Boutwell told law enforcement that he was shot because of an argument with her ex-husband. The son, Christopher James Logan Stacey, also resides in the home, the report states.

Boutwell, the victim that survived the July 2018 shooting, was killed in a single vehicle wreck on March 13, 2021, on Highway 4A about three miles west of Century. He was pronounced deceased at the scene; there were no passengers in the vehicle. [Read more...]

Pictured below: Christopher Alan Stacey was seated on a bucket across the road from the residence watching as investigators processed the crime scene, while his son James Logan Stacey sat a wooden chair in front of a neighboring home. Pictured middle below: A deputy questions Jessica Thomas as she sits inside a patrol vehicle in Walnut Hill. Pictured bottom: Investigators say two men were shot inside this home on Highway 164 in Walnut Hill. exclusive photos, click to enlarge.


8 Responses to “After Five Years, Walnut Hill Double Shooting Murder Suspect Going To Trial This Week”

  1. Just Saying on September 21st, 2023 8:18 am


    The second paragraph literally begins by telling us that they found Dalton dead in the truck.

  2. B.G. on September 20th, 2023 9:02 pm

    Noone mentioned Dalton.. an innocent person killed by these sorry dope heads.. he was just a kid himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.. I hope they get the death penalty

  3. Steve on September 20th, 2023 7:40 pm

    the rest of his life without bond . G .

  4. Grady Smith on September 20th, 2023 7:34 pm

    Five years without bond or trial.

    Society has many stratas and denezins there in.

  5. Skipper on September 20th, 2023 8:49 am

    @ Cantonment Mom. I was thinking the same thing on the car accident and the soul lost. Sure freaky things happen to people, but this has bad energy vibes. I pray his soul can rest with the convictions. I’m sorry to the family that has had to wait so long to get Justice for their loved one.

  6. thetruth on September 19th, 2023 6:29 pm

    Many families are lost to drugs. It’s sad. I hope justice is served though!!!

  7. Puddin tain on September 19th, 2023 3:04 pm

    Nothing fishy I knee Troy very well and was a half mile from the wreck he got in …. and that’s what happened he got in a wreck nothing more … he went into a curve fast and didn’t make the curve …. rest his soul

  8. Cantonment Mom on September 19th, 2023 9:13 am

    And Boutwell died in a one car accident, on a dark road, no witnesses, while waiting to see those responsible for trying to kill him – stand trial …hmmmmm. Anybody smelling the fish here?

    A whole family lost.