Family of ASU student killed in road rage opposes plea deal with accused murderer
By Jason Barry
Published: June 11, 2018 at 3:50 PM MST
Updated: June 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM MST
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
The death of Yue Jiang is still having an impact, two and a half years after the Arizona State University student from China was killed in a random act of road rage.
"The young innocent life was taken away in a very inhumane and brutal way for no reason at all," said Bowei Zhu, a friend of Jiang.
On Monday, friends and family gathered near the scene of the crime, off of Broadway Road and McClintock Drive in Tempe to express their concerns that justice is not being served.
According to Tempe police, Holly Davis of Mesa rear-ended Jiang's vehicle in January 2016, then got out and shot the young woman, whose boyfriend was sitting next to her.
Davis was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
A few months ago, prosecutors and Davis' attorney agreed to a plea deal of second-degree murder, that would result in a mandatory 25-year prison sentence.
Jiang's family claims they were never notified of the plea deal and only learned about it through the news media.
But a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said the family was contacted and their concerns were taken into account.
The family is now asking the judge in the case to reject the plea deal.
"Such a decision and the approval of the pending plea bargain cannot be, and is not reasonable, and not fair," said Xu. "We the Jiang family and our 10,000 supporters do not believe this is acceptable."
Family members are planning to express their concerns to the judge Tuesday morning.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for this Friday.