Ohio Convict Admits Murder, Wants To Live

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hamilton, Ohio (AP) -- A convicted murderer hoping to avoid the death penalty has admitted killing his former girlfriend 26 years ago.

Sixty-two-year-old Von Clark Davis testified before a three-judge panel that will decide whether he should face his original sentence of execution.

Davis expressed remorse Tuesday for what he called a senseless, cowardly act in which he fatally shot former girlfriend Suzette Butler in 1983.

The southwest Ohio woman's family, including her daughter, said it was the first time they had heard Davis admit to the slaying of the 24-year-old woman in Hamilton.

Appeals judges have twice ordered new sentencing hearings for Davis because of lower-court errors on what factors should be used in determining whether he should get death.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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