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December 7, 2012

Davis found guilty


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His defense claimed that wasn't murder.

“It was his time, due to his disease, it was his time,” defense attorney Philip Dabney said. “Based upon his disease it was his time. It was unfortunate and a tragedy, but it was his time.”

For Janice Bradberry, that was one of the worst moments of the trial.

"I know Mr. Dabney was just doing his job, but what hurt the most was, 'It was his time to go.' That hurt," she said. 

Mrs. Bradberry said she also struggled as she watched, for the first time on Thursday, video of her son, captured by his apartment building's security cameras, on the night he was killed.

"It was tough," she said softly. "That was the last time my child was alive and I was able to see him going up and down stairs and that really hit home with me."

But the video also allowed prosecutors to show the jury images of Davis, Fatico and Wilson as the robbery attempt played out. 

In his closing argument, Seaman matched the videos with phone records that showed Davis communicating with Fatico and Wilson at key moments during the crime.

Ultimately, Dabney told the jury that Davis, who did not take the stand to testify, simply was not at Bradberry’s apartment on the night and early morning of the murder.

“It’s my client’s position that he was not there,” Dabney said. “I submit to you, he was not there.”

The jury didn't buy that claim.

"We are absolutely satisfied and pleased with this verdict," said Hoffmann.

Davis now faces a potential prison term of 25 years to life when he is sentenced on March 7.

The trial took a steep toll on the Bradberry family. Anotine's father, Robert, passed away in early November, before the trial started.

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