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Search warrant: Mother of Gregory Davis led police to check utility trailer where girlfriend's body was found

Kathy Davis concerned about son's behavior

Marion police respond to a suspicious death near the intersection of Sixth Street and Hillview Drive in Marion on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Marion police respond to a suspicious death near the intersection of Sixth Street and Hillview Drive in Marion on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The mother of a Marion man charged with killing his girlfriend, led police to a green utility trailer where the woman’s body was discovered rolled up in a carpet, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Kathy Davis, on Oct. 2, told police her son, Gregory Davis, had been “acting strangely” and had told his parents he broke up with girlfriend Carrie Davis on Sept. 29, according to the affidavit filed in Linn County District Court.

Kathy Davis was concerned because the trailer had been parked at 1280 14th St. — a residence her son and Carrie Davis shared — but was now parked in the carport next to her rental property at 560 Hillview Dr., with a rolled up carpet inside.

Kathy Davis also told police she thought it was “odd” that Carrie Davis never reached out to her for help with her son because the two of them were living together, according to the affidavit. She mentioned that Carrie Davis was from Columbus, Ohio, and had no friends or family in the Marion area.

Though Carrie and Gregory shared a last name, they were not related or married, police have said.

Gregory Davis, 27, is charged with first-degree murder. He remains in jail on a $2 million cash bond. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

His arraignment is set for Friday, at which time a trial date will be set.

According to the affidavit, Gregory Davis admitted to Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agents that he stabbed and killed Carrie Davis, 29, on or about Sept. 28 at the 14th Street home in Marion. He told investigators he placed the body in a roll of carpet on the trailer and moved the trailer to the vacant Hillview Drive property near Hanna Park in Marion.

Police discovered the body about 9:15 a.m. Oct. 2, after talking to Kathy Davis, the affidavit shows.

A criminal complaint shows Carrie Davis had eight stab wounds to her back and other injuries.


The affidavit also shows Kathy Davis and her husband, Richard Davis, had spoken to Marion police on Sept. 10, 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.

During his initial court appearance on Oct. 3, Davis said he was “on drugs” when asked if he had a lawyer or needed the court to appoint a public defender.

Marion Police Chief Joseph McHale was asked later if he believed Davis was under the influence of any substances at the time of the fatal stabbing and he said he didn’t know for sure but “there are some concerns there.”

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