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Prosecutors describe attack on ex-wife as nightmarish as trial begins for Lawrence man

Man accused in attack of ex-wife with baseball bat

Defendant Arthur Davis III, left, and attorney Gregory Robinson chat about some notes Davis wrote during the first day of his trial Monday at Douglas County District Court.

Defendant Arthur Davis III, left, and attorney Gregory Robinson chat about some notes Davis wrote during the first day of his trial Monday at Douglas County District Court.

November 30, 2009, 2:45 p.m. Updated November 30, 2009, 5:54 p.m.

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Trial begins in beating case

The trial against a man accused of beating his ex-wife with a bat began Monday. Arthur Davis is alleged to have entered the home with his 15-year-old son and attacked the woman. Enlarge video

Four men and eight women were selected Monday as jurors in the trial of a Lawrence man accused of trying to kill his ex-wife in June.

Prosecutors said Arthur Davis III, 61, and his 15-year-old son entered the woman’s house in the middle of the night on June 16 and struck her repeatedly with a bat, causing multiple cuts to her head.

“Her heart racing from fear … she wasn’t waking up from a nightmare, she was entering into one,” Eve Kemple, assistant Douglas County district attorney, told jurors during opening statements Monday afternoon.

Davis faces three charges: attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and contributing to a child’s misconduct.

Gregory Robinson, Davis’ defense attorney, said police were wrong when they arrested his client.

“When you see what the evidence is, then I think that you’ll have no choice but to come back and find Arthur Davis not guilty of all three of those charges,” Robinson said.

The alleged incident, in the 1100 block of Hilltop Drive, occurred during a child custody dispute between Davis and the victim, who said it stemmed from their 1999 divorce.

The son was charged separately, as a juvenile, and prosecutors said they’ve offered to reduce the charge against him from attempted first-degree murder to aggravated battery — if he accepts a plea offer. However, he will not testify against his father.

The victim will testify in the case Tuesday morning, followed by several law enforcement witnesses and analysts, a neighbor of the defendant and the couple’s daughter, who prosecutors said was present during the crime and “involved to a certain extent.”

Prosecutors have agreed to grant immunity to the daughter, who is now 13, in exchange for her testimony in her father’s case. A charge of conspiracy to commit murder that she faces will be dropped.

Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild is presiding over the trial, which is scheduled to last the remainder of this week.

During testimony Monday afternoon, Lawrence police Sgt. Michael McLaren said he found the victim running down the street, being chased by her 15-year-old son, who was carrying a small bat and had bloody clothes. The sergeant said the woman was wearing no clothes and had a bloody face. The father was in the area and had a blood stain on his clothing, McLaren said.

Comments

denak 4 years, 4 months ago

If he is innocent, what was the father doing to stop this attack??? Anything at all?

I think if I had a 15 year old and he was beating his father with a bat, I think I would have tried in some way to stop him.

The fact that Mr. Davis wasn't trying to stop his son, in any way, whatsoever, seems to indicate to me that even if he didn't plan this, he wasn't doing anything to stop it. And I think an innocent person would have tried to do something.

Dena

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lgreen17 4 years, 4 months ago

Where's the elected DISTRICT ATTORNEY?? Does he EVER go into the court room, or is he polishing his nails again?

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TJ_in_Lawrence 4 years, 4 months ago

Sadly disfunctional and anit-social. Is anyone safe if this guy is out on the streets?

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 4 months ago

“When you see what the evidence is, then I think that you’ll have no choice but to come back and find Arthur Davis not guilty of all three of those charges,”

---~whatever!~

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christy kennedy 4 years, 4 months ago

srj, An "odd" event? Really? I'd lean more toward "deadly serious," "tragic," and "insane." But that's just me.

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Cait McKnelly 4 years, 4 months ago

This man is a potential family annihilator even now. Even if he gets jail time out of this he will use it to fan the flames of his hatred for his ex and blame her. Trust me, if this man hasn't let go in ten years he's not going to. And by the way mdrn children are very easy to manipulate. However the son seems to be lost. He faces a charge of attempted first degree murder and he still refuses to testify against his dad. That's some mighty powerful conditioning.

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mdrndgtl 4 years, 4 months ago

Ex-husband wants his wife dead and their children agree? Am I understanding this right?

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Steve Jacob 4 years, 4 months ago

This trial takes a different tone considering the events that happed in Osage County over the weekend. Anyway, first degree murder might be hard to stick, but this sounds like an odd event, who knows what went on.

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