First, allow my apology for only coming on this forum on rare occasions. My only excuse is that I have spent a lot of time on forums in the past and am very "burned out" with the format. Nothing against this forum and certainly nothing against Bill Buppert.
For those who don't know, Jim Davidson is a long time liberty activist and writer going all the way back into the 1970s. He is also my business partner in a start-up we are doing called Room4Freedom, originally titled Freedom BnB. (links at the end of this post)
Jim has been advised by his legal council to talk to no one about the events of April 2, until after the legal mess is cleared up. So what you are about to read is what I understand as the way the story happened. This is my version assembled out of my memory, having talked to Jim several times that day and being live with him on the Chain Reaction show when it happened. I may get some slight detail wrong, but I'm pretty sure this is a solid version of the story.
On Sunday April 2, 2017 around 6pm, Jim was on his driveway cleaning his car preparing for a long trip. He had washed the car and was in the process of removing everything in the car that wasn't needed on the trip. As he was emptying the back seat out the woman across the street pull into her driveway of her house and began honking her horn over and over. Then after a short pause she began standing on her horn again. Shortly after that Jim noticed she was pulling out of her driveway and leaving. Without looking at her Jim flipper her off.
He thought the thing was over.
He then walked to the trunk of his car and began unloading it.
He removed items from the trunk, which included an ax, and carried them into his house, as he turned around to close the door he realized she had returned and now two guys were involved. One was across the street the other guy was at the edge of Jim's driveway.
Jim was standing inside his house at the open door holding several things including his ax. The guy at the end of Jim's driveway started yelling and threatening Jim and Jim's property. The guy then lifted his shirt revealing a pistol. Jim put the things he was holding on the floor and picked up a rifle that was near the door, however he made sure to keep the muzzle pointed at the floor.
When the man stopped yelling threats he returned across the street. Jim placed the rifle back where it had been and went out to secure his car and move it closer to the house.
Later Jim was on the Chain Reaction show and noticed cops on his porch. At that same time a call came on his phone from the Lawrence Kansas police. They asked him to open his door.
The rifle was no longer near the door as Jim had already placed it in the basement. So Jim opened the door and went out on the porch. They took him into custody. He sat in jail until Tuesday when he finally saw the judge who set his bail. He paid his bail and left jail. At first he was charged with 3 felony charges of "assault with a deadly weapon". But the judge dropped that to 1 charge when he set bail.
He is now looking at some incredible legal fees for a good attorney to get him out of this mess. It looks likely he will have to sell his home.
If anyone would like to contribute to his legal defense you can do so through our IndieGoGo account. Let us know when you do so, that you are donating to Jim's defense. Just email me at: ben @ badquaker.com We'll keep track and keep it separate from the other donations on the page.
Donate to Jim's defense here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/room4freedom-private-social-travel-app-freedom#/
Thanks so much for your help. If you can't contribute consider sharing this story and the link.