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Detective describes bloody crime scene, signs of struggle as mother tried to flee alleged baseball bat attack

Three pools of blood were found on the bathroom floor. Blood spots stained the walls. A toenail was found in the middle of the bedroom. It’s among evidence Lawrence police detectives said they found inside the house where Arthur Davis III and his son and daughter are suspected of trying to kill the children’s mother.

December 3, 2009, 2:07 p.m. Updated December 3, 2009, 5:29 p.m.

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Three pools of blood were found on the bathroom floor. Blood spots stained the walls. A toenail was found in the middle of the bedroom.

It’s among evidence Lawrence police detectives said they found inside the house where 61-year-old Arthur Davis III and his 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter are suspected of trying to kill the children’s 45-year-old mother.

Davis is standing trial this week in Douglas County District Court for attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping and contributing to a child’s misconduct.

In a house in the 1100 block of Hilltop Drive that was otherwise “very kept” and “very clean,” it was easy to notice what was out of place, Lawrence police detective Randy Glidewell said. He called the crime scene “complex,” as he explained a handful of the 544 photographs detectives captured from inside.

All the sheets had been pulled from the victim’s bed, where she said she was awakened the morning of June 16 to her son striking her on the head with a baseball bat. Blood soaked parts of the pink mattress and covered a pillow case, and “a lot” of blood drops covered the carpet, Glidewell said.

Davis’ defense attorney questioned how no blood could be found on the ceiling, if a bat was used to repeatedly attack the victim, as prosecutors allege. Glidewell said blood castoff is only present in 6 percent of crime scenes.

The alleged attack moved from the bedroom out into the hallway, where more blood covered the walls and where the 12-year-old girl said she also took a strike at her mother’s head.

Next, the woman escaped into the bathroom and locked the door, where she was able to call 911. In a recording of the call, she can be heard describing the blood coming from her head.

That’s also where prosecutors said the woman’s ex-husband became involved in the actual attack. The bathroom’s door frame is seen cracked in the photos from where the defendant allegedly broke in. Prosecutors said he ordered his son to continue the beating and that his voice can be heard in the 911 call yelling, “Harder, harder, harder!”

Blood evidence found on the clothes of the defendant, son and daughter indicate all three were present when the bloodshed occurred, a Kansas Bureau of Investigation DNA expert testified on Thursday.

The photos show the bloodshed continuing throughout the kitchen and living room, where the woman said she ran to get away. The scene was “very indicative of a struggle,” Glidewell said.

Eventually the woman said she got away and ran down the street in only her underwear, her son chasing her with a bat, until police rescued her.

Glidewell said the crime scene at the house took him and other detectives more than 12 hours to process, measure and photograph.

A defense attorney pointed to an item of evidence detectives did not find despite a thorough investigation. The victim said a cleaning crew found a pair of her son’s mangled eyeglasses after detectives left the scene.

The daughter, who is now 13, agreed to testify against her father after being granted immunity by prosecutors and in exchange for dropping a conspiracy to commit murder charge against her.

Prosecutors have offered to reduce a charge of attempted first-degree murder against the son to aggravated battery as part of a plea deal. He is being tried separately as a juvenile and will not testify against his father.

More testimony is expected in the case on Friday.

Comments

budtugly 4 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like something out of a horror movie. Hopefully the mother can somehow mentally heal also. I cant even imagine something like this happening.

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Blue_Cheekie 4 years, 4 months ago

"Narcissists are very clever and withhold love and affection and attention to train people to do their dirty work for them. They build a false sense of right and wrong in people."

Such an accurate descripton of this man!

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Cait McKnelly 4 years, 4 months ago

Don't blame Lawrence for this rcindios. No one is to blame here but a 61 year old, self centered, controlling, narcissistic sociopath with no conscience who viewed his children as his property and used them as extensions of himself. May he rot in hell for the lives he destroyed. Whether the kids are responsible for their actions or not (something I, too, am somewhat on the fence about) the fact remains their own father set them up to do it. The real horror of this is that I doubt he'll get much in the way of jail time. I predict 10-15 with parole in 5. Just in time to start drawing a fat pension check and to start meddling in the kids lives all over again.

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Rusty Coffey 4 years, 4 months ago

This is what Lawrence has turned out to be? When I left Lawrence back in 1997, it was a great place to live.

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SpunKey 4 years, 4 months ago

This isn't a one charge trial. The father is the king pin and faces three charges - including contributing to a child's misconduct. So there has to be a lot of details and evidence.

The son can't be testifing against the dad, because anything he says in testimony that is self-incriminating can't be used in trial against him. If the son has no priors and doesn't "hate everybody" or show destructive tendancies, then there is no reason to give-up on him. In JDC I'm sure he paying dues already (having to attend school must already be a wake-up call to his system given life-with-dad-tales). Just getting off the couch and away from videa games has to be helping this boy get back in synch with the real world. It isn't his fault dad chose to make this kid his pawn.

As the mother testified, the son had been living with the father for a while (perhaps years?). I'm sure he was very much under the influence of this narcasist (as the custody shrink called him). Narcasists are very clever and withhold love and affect and attention to train people to do their dirty work for them. They build a false sense of right and wrong in people.

The daughter testified that the dad's dicsussion (over dinner?!) was that the kids would be better off if mom was dead - in a public restaurant!!!! Tell me these kids weren't put into a fake sense of the real world?

We aren't talking about Palvov's old dogs learning new tricks... these are human beings that seeks affection and acceptance! What 10 to15-year-old wouldn't buddy-up to a parent that lets them play video games, eat junk food, and skip school!

These kids NEED a second shot at a real life without being under the thumb of this narcasist! Locking them up as hard criminals is a waste of tax dollars and two human lives.

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ralphralph 4 years, 4 months ago

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Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 4 months ago

I think that's why they want the son to testify...so they can hang more on the father.

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christy kennedy 4 years, 4 months ago

"Davis’ defense attorney questioned how no blood could be found on the ceiling, if a bat was used to repeatedly attack the victim, as prosecutors allege. Glidewell said blood castoff is only present in 6 percent of crime scenes."

Similar to looking for a piece of dry wood on a sinking ship?

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GardenMomma 4 years, 4 months ago

This is just sick. Sick, sick, sick.

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Steve Jacob 4 years, 4 months ago

Interesting what this jury will say. Who is the most responsible for this? If you feel it's more the son's fault it's hard to convict on first degree murder, but they don't know (I think) the son is not charged as an adult and will get out quicker then they might think.

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Abbefaria 4 years, 4 months ago

I asked around and heard that ebyrdstarr is an expert on criminal law in Kansas. So I trust her criminal law advice.

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LoveThsLife 4 years, 4 months ago

That man is a coward. It's hard to believe someone would get their kids to do something so horrific. Those kids need counseling...not prison terms.

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Uhjh 4 years, 4 months ago

Why isn't the son being tried as an adult? Attempted murder is a serious very serious crime.

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KansasPerson 4 years, 4 months ago

I don't understand much about law (where are you when I need you, ebyrdstarr??) but when you've got this much physical evidence, plus the recording on the 911 call, why is it necessary to have plea deals with the son and daughter?

I've been on the fence about this, but I'm beginning to lean to the side of holding the son and daughter also responsible for this heinous act.

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Carrie Coffey 4 years, 4 months ago

OMG, this is so horrific. That poor mom, I bet she has horrible dreams and problems sleeping. Hope the father never see's freedom again because he is very manipulative and he shows no respect for others.

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