Former Student Arrested for Murder of Florida Woman

Former SMU student Davis Zimmerman was arrested in Orange County, California for first-degree murder Friday, Jan. 14. Zimmerman is the main suspect in the January 6 murder of an unidentified woman at the New Kent Motel in Hollywood, Florida.

Zimmerman is being held without bail at Orange County’s Intake Release Center, where he will later be extradited to Broward County, Florida according to a press release from the Orange County Police Department. He is set to appear in court February 2 according to police records.

The 19-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky was part of the class of 2024 and a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on campus. The fraternity’s Director of Media Relations Justin Warren shared this statement with The Daily Campus:

“Beta Theta Pi was shocked to learn the news of Davis Zimmerman’s recent arrest in California. Davis’s ties with SMU and the chapter were severed when he vacated the chapter house and left campus without notice last fall. He has not been an active member since his abrupt departure, and the Fraternity is pursuing appropriate measures to permanently expel him from the international organization.”

NOTE: This story was updated 1/21/22 to include a statement from Beta Theta Pi.