Missouri Supreme Court upholds death sentence in torture killing
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence of a suburban Kansas City man convicted of murdering a woman whose rape and suffocation were videotaped.
The state's high court on Tuesday unanimously rejected 51-year-old Richard Davis' claims that his attorneys during his 2008 trial were ineffective.
Davis, formerly of Independence, was ordered condemned for the 2006 killing of Marsha Spicer, who was suffocated during sex at Davis' apartment.
Davis and his girlfriend, Dena Riley, also pleaded guilty in 2012 to first-degree murder in the April 2006 killing of Michelle Huff-Ricci. Her charred remains were found in a wooded area of Clay County by investigators of Spicer's death.
Riley is serving multiple life terms for the killings and torture of both women.