Public Safety

Opening statements begin Tuesday in trial of Marion man accused of killing ex-girlfriend

Gregory Davis of Marion is arraigned on a charge of murder via video feed in Linn County Court in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Gregory Davis of Marion is arraigned on a charge of murder via video feed in Linn County Court in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Opening statements will begin Tuesday in the Linn County trial for Gregory Davis, charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and concealing her body in a roll of carpet last year.

A jury was selected late Monday. The trial is expected to last five days.

Davis, 29, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Carrie Davis. He is claiming insanity and/or diminished capacity. The defense will argue Gregory Davis was using methamphetamine and experiencing psychosis when he stabbed his ex-girlfriend 26 times during an argument last Sept. 28, according to court documents.

Carrie Davis and Gregory Davis were not married or related, according to police.

Court documents show Davis told investigators that after he killed the 29-year-old woman in the home they shared at 1280 14th St. in Marion, he placed her body in a roll of carpet on the utility trailer and moved the trailer to the his parents’ vacant rental on Hillview Drive near Hanna Park in Marion.

Police discovered the body at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 2 after talking with Davis’ mother, Kathy Davis, according to court documents. His mother told police he had been “acting strangely” and he told his parents he and his girlfriend broke up Sept. 29.   

Kathy Davis told police she was concerned because the trailer had been parked at the house the couple shared but then was parked in the carport next to her rental property with a rolled up carpet on the trailer.

Investigators said Kathy Davis also thought it was “odd” that Carrie Davis never reached out to her for help with her son because the two of them lived together, according to a search warrant affidavit. Carrie Davis and Greg Davis moved to Marion in 2017 from Columbus, Ohio, the mother said.

The affidavit also shows Kathy Davis and her husband, Richard Davis, had spoken to Marion police on Sept. 10, 2017, before their son’s arrest. They said their son had threatened suicide in the past, was “overly paranoid lately” and was “heavily” using drugs. He also brandished a knife that day and choked his father, according to the affidavit.

A mental evaluation, initially filed in public access before being sealed, revealed an autopsy report that noted Carrie Davis was stabbed repeatedly with a kitchen knife in the back and other areas of the body.

Davis, in his confession, told investigators he aimed for her heart, according to the evaluation.   

Follow live tweets from the courtroom this week from Gazette reporter Trish Mehaffey at thegazette.com.

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