Conspiracy theorist Lane Davis, who had previously interned for the controversial Breitbart editor and alt-right figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos, has been accused of the murder of his father, Charles Davis.
According to The New York Daily News, police received a call about Lane and his father involved in an altercation. Lane's mother, who made the call, said her son was “ranting about stuff on the internet” and calling them both “leftists” and “pedophiles.”
“He’s not physically threatening us or anything,” Catherine told the dispatcher in the audio of a call obtained by the Daily Beast. “He just gets out of control and he’s ranting about stuff from the internet.”
A second call was made minutes later, with Lane's mother now reporting that Lane's father had been stabbed. Lane then walked outside, awaiting the arrival of police. A third call was made by Lane's mother: “He’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead.”
The argument between Lane and his family had reportedly began over the subject of pedophilia, a topic Lane was intimately familiar with considering he had spent numerous hours on his YouTube channel (which has upwards of 11,000 subscribers) accusing various Democrats of the crimes. Lane's father had called him a Nazi during the argument, leading the situation to escalate into violence.
Lane has since pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and is currently being held on $1 million bail. He will be represented by a public defender at a trial scheduled to begin in January.
Before this incident, Lane had been deeply involved with a variety of extreme right wing forums and movements including Gamergate and TheDonald subreddit. He also worked as an unpaid ghostwriter for Yiannopoulos and contributed to a handful of sites even further right than Breitbart.
“Mr. Davis was a volunteer for me for a brief period of time prior to my founding MILO Inc. I was unhappy with his work and discontinued the relationship," Yiannopoulos said in a statement. "I then experienced his anger firsthand as he threatened me and later went to BuzzFeed making false and inaccurate accusations."
"I condemn unjustified killings and political violence of any sort," added Ethan Ralph, editor of extremist website The Ralph Retort, where Lane also contributed. "Mr. Davis will have to answer for his own heinous action in a court of law [...] Hug those around you that you love a little closer tonight, especially loved ones that you disagree with politically."
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