Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Davis about to go to trial

Jury selection begins next week in the trial of Clifford A. Davis, 23, who has been incarcerated since being arrested Dec. 5, 2005, after he allegedly killed his mother, 43-year-old Stephanie Ann Davis, had sex with her dead body and then killed his grandfather, 77-year-old Joel C. Hill, according to court documents.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty in the case. Davis faces charges of first-degree murder, sexual abuse of a dead body and robbery.

A three-hour pretrial hearing Wednesday at Manatee County Judicial Center included about 25 motions that Judge Gilbert Smith heard and reserved judgment on

The trial is expected to last about two weeks.

Read more in Thursday's Herald.

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