Wakulla Murder Trial

By: Ilyssa Trussel Email
By: Ilyssa Trussel Email

More than two years after confessing to killing his wife of 42 years, Jerry Davis is convicted of second degree murder.

During closing arguments the state argued Davis intended to beat and strangle 68-year-old Julia Davis inside the couple's Crawfordville home back in 2004.

"He was able to gather this towel with the weights inside and take this towel and hit her, hit her," said Mike Bauer as he demonstrated how Davis hurt his wife.

Right away, Davis reported his wife missing, telling deputies a medical condition caused her to wander off.

However, it wouldn't be long before his story would change.

Davis confessed to the murder and described putting her body in an SUV driving to Alabama and dumping her body in the woods where she was found.

"That's how he beat his wife with holes in her head and that's how she appeared when he took her out of the garbage bags that he placed his wife in," said Bauer.

The defense argued Mrs. Davis was violent and her husband killed her in self defense.

"We submit that its justified because Mr. Davis reasonably believed that force was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm on himself," said Robert Augustus Harper.

The jury found Davis guilty of second degree murder determining his actions were spur of the moment and not premeditated. Davis is facing a possible life sentence with the possibility of parole.

"The tragic thing here is not going to be undone by a verdict or by a sentence hearing. The whole family has been destroyed and a as a lawyer you do what you can do to try to put things back together," added Harper.


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