CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge Friday denied a motion to continue Monday’s first-degree murder trial for a man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend 26 times and concealing her body in a roll of carpet.
The lawyer for Gregory Davis, 27, of Marion, filed a motion about an hour before Thursday’s pretrial hearing, asking the court to delay the trial because a psychiatrist who evaluated Davis wasn’t available to testify because he had a planned vacation.
Sixth Judicial District Judge Sean McPartland was upset by this last-minute motion and said Thursday he had to think about it. He suggested the defense could videotape a deposition of the expert to be played during trial or the witness could possibly testify before he leaves on vacation.
McPartland also noted Thursday the trial date has been set since May and Linn County Chief Public Defender Brian Sissel had months to plan for this witness.
McPartland, in his ruling Friday, also denied the motion because the psychiatrist may not be needed unless the prosecution calls another expert witness to rebut the defense’s main expert witness. Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said he couldn’t say if he would call an expert witness on rebuttal.
Jury selection starts Monday in Linn County District Court. The trial is expected to last at least five days.
According to court documents, Davis told investigators that he killed Carrie Davis, 29, on Sept. 28, 2017, at their Marion home then placed her body in a roll of carpet on a utility trailer and moved the trailer to the his parent’s vacant rental home near Hanna Park in Marion.
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Despite sharing a last name, Carrie Davis and Gregory Davis were not married or related, according to police.
Police discovered her body about 9:15 a.m. Oct. 2 after talking to Gregory Davis’ mother, Kathy Davis, according to court documents.
A criminal complaint filed before an autopsy showed Carrie Davis had at least eight stab wounds to her back and other injuries. But a mental evaluation, which included autopsy results, initially filed by mistake as an unsealed document, shows the woman was stabbed 26 times.
Gregory Davis is claiming insanity and/or diminished capacity. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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