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Last NameFirst NamePictureDC NumberAgencyCase Summary
DavisWilliam J31703RegistryCase Summary

Last Action

DateCourtCase NumberLast Action
6/25/2010CC03-104693.850 Motion
9/22/2006FSC06-1868Direct Appeal
10/6/2008FSC06-1868Oral Arguments
1/7/2009FSC06-1868Motion for rehearing
2/6/2009FSC06-1868Rehearing denied
2/24/2009FSC06-1868Mandate issued
4/21/2009USSC08-10024Certiorari petition
6/29/2009USSC08-10027Certiorari denied

Current Attorney

Last NameFirst NameCityAddressZipPhoneEMail
Tassone, Jr.Frank J.Jacksonville, FL1833 Atlantic Blvd.32207-3459904/396-3344Email


Last NameCase NumberJudgeCountyCCRCOrder DateContract Date
Tassone, Jr.16-2003-CF-10469-AXXXMADayDuval 03/16/0909/30/09

Last Updated

2008-01-09 11:43:13.0

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DAVIS,  William (B/M)

DC#    J31703 

DOB: 10/07/82


Fourth Judicial Circuit, Duval County Case #03-10469

Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Lance M. Day

Attorney, Trial: Lewis Buzzell – Assistant Public Defender

Attorney, Direct Appeal: Nada M. Carey – Assistant PublicDefender

Attorney, Collateral Appeals:  Frank J. Tassone –Registry


Date ofOffense:         08/20/03

Date of Sentence:      08/15/06


Circumstances of Offense:


William Davis was convicted and sentenced to death for themurders of Alice Albin and Loretta Wren.


In August of 2003, William Davis was living in the DearpointTrailer Park in Jacksonville. He lived in a trailer with his cousin HeatherHurley, and Heather’s boyfriend, James Armstrong. The murdered victims, AliceAlbin and her daughter Loretta Wren, lived in the same trailer park.


Amy Ware was the daughter of Alice Albin and the sister ofLoretta Wren. In the summer of 2003, she was living with them in the DearpointTrailer Park. That summer, she met Davis and the two began dating.Approximately one week prior to the murders, Ware ended her relationship withDavis and moved to North Carolina.


Armstrong testified that on August 20, 2003, Davis came hometo their trailer that evening and seemed to be in a good mood. Armstrong heardDavis leave, then return to the trailer approximately 15 minutes later. Daviswent into the kitchen and looked through the silverware drawer. Davis then leftfor another 15 minutes, then returned and asked Armstrong for a flashlight.Davis left and returned to the trailer several more times, and eventually tooka shower and went to his room. These activities all took place between 11 P.M.and midnight.


The next morning, Davis told Armstrong that the previousevening he had been at the trailer where Amy Ware used to live. He said that anex-boyfriend of Albin’s came to the trailer with a knife. Davis said he foughtwith the ex-boyfriend and was cut across the inside of his hand. Davis wascrying and asked Armstrong to come with him to check on the two women. The twomen drove to the trailer. Armstrong banged on the door but there was no answer.Davis looked in the window and ran back down the steps, shouting “oh my god, ohmy god!” Armstrong looked in the window, saw two bodies inside, and called 911.Armstrong told Davis to go home. Armstrong testified he told Davis to leavebecause Davis “didn’t have the mentality to be able” to talk to the police.


Police arrived at the scene, entered the trailer, and foundthe dead bodies of Wren and Albin on the floor of the living room. They alsofound Albin’s two-year-old grandson, alive and unharmed, in the back bedroom.


Davis returned to the trailer while the police were stillthere and began to speak to Officer Singletary. Singletary noticed that Davishad a bloody towel wrapped around his hand. Davis told Singletary that anex-boyfriend had been at the trailer the night before. Davis asked to speak toa detective.


Davis was interviewed on August 21, 2003 by Detectives GaryStucki and Mark Romano. Davis initially told the detectives that Albin’sex-boyfriend had attacked the victims, but he eventually confessed to the murders.Davis told the detectives the shoes and clothing he had been wearing were inthe woods and told them how to find them. He also told them he buried pieces ofthe two knives, both of which broke.


Police recovered a broken knife and knife blade from thecrime scene. Police also recovered a knife handle, broken knife, and a brokenblade buried in the dirt near Davis’s trailer. They found a black bag in awooded lot next to the trailer park. Inside the bag were blue jeans, a pair ofReeboks, khaki shorts, a tank top, and a white T-shirt. There was a knife bladeinside the khaki shorts.


One of the knives recovered from the scene contained Davis’sDNA. The knife blade had Albin’s DNA on it. The blade found in the khaki shortscontained Wren’s DNA. The DNA on one of the Reeboks was a match to Albin.


Microanalysis indicated that the broken knife found at thecrime scene and the blade found in the khaki shorts were once a single piece.


Autopsies indicated that both victims died of sharp forcetrauma. Albin’s body contained 18 stab wounds. Wren was cut or stabbed 16 timesover various parts of her body.


Trial Summary:


10/02/03         Indicted as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder (Alice Albin)

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder(Loretta Wren)

05/10/06         Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the indictment

05/13/06         Jury recommended death by a vote of 9-3

08/15/06         Sentenced as follows:

                                   Count I:          First-Degree Murder (Alice Albin) – Death

                                   Count II:         First-Degree Murder(Loretta Wren) – Death


Appeal Summary:


Florida Supreme Court – Direct Appeal

FSC# 06-1868

2 So. 3d 952


09/22/06         Appeal filed.

12/18/08         Appeal denied.

01/07/09         Motion for rehearing.

02/06/09         Rehearing denied.

02/24/09         Mandate issued.


United States Supreme Court – Petition for Writ ofCertiorari

USSC# 08-10024

129 S.Ct. 2872 


04/21/09         Petition filed.

06/29/09         Petition denied. 


Circuit Court – 3.850 Motion

CC# 03-10469



06/25/10          Motion filed.


Factors Contributing to the Delay in Imposition ofSentence:


There have been no significant delays in the case at thistime.


Case Information:


On 09/22/06, Davis filed a direct appeal in the FloridaSupreme Court citing the following issues: jury instructions, failure toconsider impaired capacity as a mitigating factor, insufficient weight given tomitigating factors, disproportionate nature of the death sentence, and theunconstitutionality of Florida’s death-sentencing procedures. The appeal wasdenied on 12/18/08 and a mandate was issued on 02/24/09.


On 04/21/09, Davis filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorariin the United States Supreme Court, which was denied on 06/29/09.


On 06/25/10, Davis filed a 3.850 Motion in the CircuitCourt, which is pending.




Report Date:   01/06/09          KLH

Approved:       01/07/09          KLH

Updated:         07/08/10          KKR