The 40-year-old printer fathered Alex and Derek by his ex-girlfriend, Kelly Marino. The two never married and after their breakup several years ago, she remarried, moved to Kentucky and goes by the name Janet French. That left King to raise Alex alone, and after six years in foster care, Derek as well. But the happy homecoming was short-lived. According to his best friend, Terry feared his sons and was even planning on locking the boys in their rooms at night and sleeping in the living room.
But before that happened King was bludgeoned to death with a bat.
Witnesses and his sons say that King sometimes struggled to make ends meet, but was a hardworker who did the best he could at providing for his children.
Only 12 at the time of his father's Nov. 25, 2001, death, the victim's younger son claims that he and defendant Ricky Marvin Chavis were lovers, and that he didn't come to the realization he was gay until Chavis told him. Alex claimed to be in love with Chavis.
The son of victim Terry Lee King and Kelly Marino, a former exotic dancer, Alex had a rocky childhood that included a brief stint in foster care. But unlike his brother Derek, he returned to live with his father shortly after.
The elder King brother went to foster care more than six years ago, during which time he lived with a high school principal and his family. While living with the church-going Lay family in Pace, Fla., Derek enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle that included a nice home with a swimming pool in the backyard.
But when Derek began becoming disruptive, the Lays reportedly feared for their grandchildren's safety and returned him to Terry King. His reunion with his biological father and brother was short.
Ricky Marvin Chavis
An auto mechanic and air-conditioning repairman by trade, Chavis was a purportedly a friend of Terry King. Chavis claims he had nothing to do with Terry's death, and denies having any kind of affair with young Alex. An admitted homosexual, Chavis claims that he hasn't had a physical relationship in years.
In 1984, he was sentenced to a six-month jail term for molesting three teenage boys.
His Pensacola mobile home was allegedly known as a "hang out" for neighborhood kids, where they would watch television and play video games.
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