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Marion man sentenced to life for killing his girlfriend in 2017

Gregory Davis is shown in September 2018 during his first-degree murder trial at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids. Davis, 29, of Marion, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for the Sept. 28, 2017, stabbing death of Carrie Davis. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Gregory Davis is shown in September 2018 during his first-degree murder trial at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids. Davis, 29, of Marion, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for the Sept. 28, 2017, stabbing death of Carrie Davis. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The daughter of a woman who was fatally stabbed 26 times in 2017 told her mother’s killer she hopes he “rots in a jail cell.”

Linda Davis, in a victim’s impact statement read by her aunt, Julia Davis, wrote that she has missed out on so much with her mother, 29-year-old Carrie Davis, who died Sept. 28, 2017, after being stabbed more than 20 times by Greg Davis, her boyfriend.

Linda wrote that she’d started getting into trouble in school because, after losing her mother, she didn’t care about anything and cut off the people who cared for her.

“I one-hundred percent hate him,” she said in her statement.

Greg Davis, 29, of Marion, was convicted last September of first-degree murder in his girlfriend’s death and sentenced Friday in Linn County District Court to a mandatory life in prison without parole.

He declined to speak during the hearing before 6th Judicial District Judge Sean McPartland sentenced him.

Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said the life sentence was “justified because this was a brutal crime” that’s had a “profound impact” on her family.

Alfredo Parrish, Davis’s lawyer, asked the court to use discretion and sentence his client to second-degree murder because the evidence showed he was suffering from a mental defect.

Parrish, who wasn’t Davis’ lawyer at trial but will be for an appeal, asked the court for a new trial, arguing the jury instruction on the insanity/diminished capacity claim were missing from the lesser included offenses for the jury to consider.

McPartland had earlier denied the defense motion for new trial but allowed Parrish to make an oral argument for the court record, which can be used for an appeal.

McPartland said he had no discretion, given the life sentence is mandatory. He also ordered Davis to pay victim restitution of $150,000 to Carrie Davis estate and $$7,500 to the state crime victims assistance program for her funeral expenses.

Julia Davis, Linda’s aunt and Carrie Davis’ sister, said her sister was her best friend. She regrets all the bickering between them.

“We loved each other,” Julia Davis said. “I didn’t tell her that enough. My heart aches.”

She admitted her sister had some issues and struggles but any future she could have had is gone because of “a murderer.”

“I will never forgive you,” Julia Davis said. “I hope your life is pure hell.”

Duncan Fairchild, father of Carrie Davis’ daughter, Keira, 4, who was in the courtroom, said in a statement he worries about how his child will grow up. It will be hard for her to trust people because of this “heinous” crime.

Fairchild, with tears in his eyes, said he fears Keira will have a lot of “hate and confusion.”

According to trial testimony, Davis stabbed Carrie Davis 26 times on Sept. 28, 2017, in the Marion home they shared. Davis then attempted to conceal the body in a roll of carpet, which authorities found on a utility trailer Oct. 2 parked outside his parents’ vacant rental house in Marion.

The two had the same last name but were not married or related, according to testimony.

During closing arguments, Vander Sanden told the jurors this was first-degree murder because Greg Davis made a conscious decision to use a weapon.

“He had time to think about what he was going to do with the weapon,” Vander Sanden said. “The autopsy was shocking. He stabbed her 26 times. His mind telling his arm and hand to bring that weapon down on Carrie.”

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