Richard D. Davis has been found guilty of killing Marsha Spicer of Independence, Missouri in a bizarre videotaped sex slaying. He was also convicted of 24 other counts. He now faces the death penalty, which seems a virtual lock given the videotape and heinous elements of the murder.
Davis was accused of the May 2006 killing with his girlfriend, Dena Riley. They filmed the murder for their own enjoyment and Spicer down while his girlfriend smothered her by sitting on her face. The two are also charged in the April 2006 suffocation of Michelle Huff-Ricci. Riley and Davis also have been indicted in Kansas on a federal charge of kidnapping a 5-year-old Kansas girl related to Davis.
Insanity seems the best possible defense once the tape was allowed into the case. However, even this horrific conduct is not likely to save Riley as evidence of insanity. Riley will be tried next.