Courts & Crime

Florida man found guilty of murdering mother, grandfather

BRADENTON - Clifford Davis this afternoon was found guilty of murder in the December 2005 slayings of his mother and grandfather. The jury will now consider whether he should be executed for his crimes.

The jury deliberated for about four hours, before finding Davis, 23, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, abuse of a dead body - investigators said he sexually assaulted his mother's dead body - and grand theft.

The jury will return to the Manatee County courthouse on Friday to hear testimony in the punishment phase of the case. Prosecutors have said they will ask for the death penalty.

No one in court - not even Davis, who admitted to the judge outside the presence of the jury that had killed his mother, Stephanie Davis, and grandfather, Joel Hill - questioned that Davis was responsible for the slayings. At issue, was his level of culpability.

Defense attorneys argued that he was insane. A jury verdict that Davis was not guilty by reason of insanity would have spared him the possibility of being executed.

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