The widow of a Vermont man killed in 2018 in what federal prosecutors say was a contract killing is suing a California man accused of orchestrating her husband’s murder.
Melissa Davis and the estate of her late husband Gregory Davis filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in Burlington on Tuesday against Serhat Gumrukchu. Non-profit news organization VTDigger first reported on the lawsuit.
Prosecutors say Gregory Davis, 49, was abducted from his Danville, Vermont home by a man posing as a U.S. Marshal on January 6, 2018. The next day he was found shot dead and handcuffed in a snowdrift on a country road near Barnet.
Prosecutors say Davis threatened to go to the FBI with information that Gumrukchu, co-founder of a Los Angeles biotech company, cheated Davis in a multi-million dollar oil deal that Gumrukchu and his brother struck with Davis in 2015.
Gumrukku, of Los Angeles, was arrested last month on charges of conspiring to use interstate trading facilities to carry out the contract killing that killed Davis.
Three other men are also charged. Jerry Banks, 34, of Fort Garland, Colorado, pleaded not guilty to kidnapping Davis. Federal prosecutors say they believe Banks killed Davis but was not charged with the murder. All suspects have been detained.
The Davis estate seeks judgment in its favor against Gumrukchu with “full, fair, just and adequate compensation, costs, interest, attorneys’ fees and such other remedies as are fair and appropriate,” the complaint says.
“As a result of Mr. Gumrukku’s misconduct, Melissa Davis has lost the care, comfort, love, support, guidance and consortium of her husband Gregory Davis and has experienced and will continue to experience intense emotional suffering,” the statement said. says in the lawsuit.
Gumrukch’s lawyer in the criminal case was sent an email asking for comment on the situation.