Davis Murder Trial Begins

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG TV9)- A brutal murder with a thought out plan to conceal the crime or a defendant with mental health issues and delusions who wasn’t fully responsible Those may be the choices jurors face in the 1st degree murder trial of Greg Davis that began with opening statements and testimony Tuesday.

Investigators say Greg Davis, 29, admitted to stabbing his ex-girlfriend Carrie Davis to death last September and then rolling up her body in a carpet and leaving it in the back of a utility trailer.

Police found the body in front of a vacant home owned by the defendant’s parents in Marion.

The defendant and victim share the same last name but are not married or related.

In court, prosecutors told jurors the defendant’s mother, Kathy Davis, called police to make a welfare check at the home after fearing her son had hurt someone.

Linn County Prosecutor Jerry Vander Sanden told jurors that Greg Davis admitted to his mother what he had done.

“He told her he had killed Carrie by cutting the devil out of her. That’s what he told his mom,” Vander Sanden said.

But the defense insists there is more to the case than just the murder itself.

Lindsay Garner, defense attorney, said jurors will hear from experts about Davis’ delusions. One example will be why he wrapped the body up.

“I wrapped her body like Jesus Christ. Voices in my head told me I was doing the right thing. I thought I was doing her a favor. She had to be covered out of respect. This is what Greg Davis thought,” Garner said.

Garner said the defense will also explain how Greg Davis received a diagnosis of mental illness at age 13.

The defense is presenting an insanity or diminished responsibility defense.

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