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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Richard Davis: Guilty

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UPDATED: Kevin Hoffmann has filed his take here ...

A jury this afternoon convicted Richard D. Davis on 25 of 26 counts in a case that riveted the metropolitan area because of elements of videotaped violent sex and murder.

Among the many counts, Davis, 44, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Marsha Spicer. That conviction carries a possible death penalty. He was found not guilty of one count of assault against Michelle Huff-Ricci. The jury deliberated about 4 hours in reaching the verdicts.

Earlier today, during closing arguments, the defense attorney had asked jurors to find Davis guilty of murder in the second degree rather than first degree.

Tom Jacquinot, the defense attorney, stated that it was unclear if Davis and codefendant Dena Riley deliberated in the moments before Spicer died. Jacquinot told jurors that because it was Riley who caused Spicer’s death, that if either she or Davis failed to deliberate then Davis could not be found guilty of first-degree murder.

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