Evidence mounts in Kansas City videotaped sex killing case

Sunday, July 27, 2008 | 6:02 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — As they fled police, Richard D. Davis and his girlfriend, Dena Riley, made handwritten “last will and testaments” and told an acquaintance that they planned to commit suicide.
That was among the revelations Saturday as investigators piled on evidence against Davis, 44, in his capital murder trial for the videotaped slaying and sexual torture of 41-year-old Marsha Spicer in his Independence apartment in May 2006.
Riley, 42, is scheduled to go on trial for similar charges in Jackson County next year. Davis and Riley also face capital murder charges in Clay County in the slaying of Michelle Huff-Ricci.
Testimony in Davis’ trial is expected to resume Monday.
On Saturday, crime scene technician Linda Rosewaren testified about photos shot inside Davis’ apartment, showing boxes, trash and other items stacked on counters, tables and even Davis’ bed — but not the bathroom.
“The bathroom obviously had been cleaned,” Rosewaren said.
Assistant prosecutor Ted Hunt told jurors in the state’s opening statement Friday that Davis and Riley placed Spicer’s body in the bathtub while trying to decide how to dispose of it and poured bleach on it to destroy forensic evidence. Spicer’s body was later found in a shallow grave in Lafayette County.
Other witnesses testified about damaging evidence Davis and Riley left where investigators could easily find it.
For example, police found videotapes near Davis’ television that showed the couple violently raping Spicer and Huff-Ricci while the victims’ hands and arms were bound. Several pieces of duct tape were also found outside Davis’ apartment.
A Missouri State Highway patrolman testified that he was sent to a Perryville apartment complex to see if Davis had contacted a woman he knew there. After being told no, the patrolman returned and found out Davis and Riley had been there, leaving behind personal items, such as the handwritten wills.
The couple told an acquaintance that they would commit suicide, the patrolman testified.
There was also a note from Riley to her mother that said, “Mom, I love you with all my heart, and I’m sorry I’ve been such a disappointment to you all my life.”
Davis and Riley led police on a chase into southern Missouri, where they were arrested after crashing a pickup truck. Inside the truck, police said they found a disposable camera with photos the couple shot while running, including shots showing them holding hands and kissing and another of Davis urinating outside the truck and flashing a peace sign to the camera.

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