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December 7, 2012

Davis found guilty

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LOCKPORT -- Janice Bradberry held on to her son's arm and stared straight ahead.

Just two hours after they began deliberations, a Niagara County Court jury was back in the courtroom of Judge Matthew J. Murphy III on Friday. The panel of nine men and three women had reached a verdict in the murder trial of Matthew "Bones" Davis. 

Davis had been accused of killing Janice's son, Antoine, in a botched robbery in August 2011. Now, he was convicted of those crimes.

"The tears just started flowing," she said. "And all I could say was, 'Thank you Jesus.'"

In rapid fashion the jurors had found Davis guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and single counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary in the slaying of Bradberry in the victim's Rainbow Boulevard apartment.

Mrs. Bradberry said she had always believed that she would see what she called "justice" for her son.

"I believe in the power of prayer," she said. "And I told (First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann and Assistant District Attorney Brian Seaman) I had faith in them and there was a higher power that was going to direct this."

Davis had disappeared from the Falls in the days after Bradberry's slaying. He was finally tracked down by federal marshals in a West Virginia trailer park, living under an assumed name, in May. 

Police also arrested and charged Davis' girlfriend, Teara Fatico, and another woman, Chasity Wilson, in the weeks after the slaying. They both pleaded guilty, in a deal with prosecutors, to a charge of attempted first-degree burglary in the case and are each serving a 13-year state prison terms.

Fatico testified against Davis at his trial. She told the jury that Davis had hatched the idea to rob Bradberry.

Investigators said Bradberry died after a violent struggle with Davis. An autopsy determined that Bradberry had suffered from hypertensive disorder and probably suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of the stress of the struggle.

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