Police: Son fought, fatally stabbed Duquesne woman, 79
A Duquesne man is charged with homicide for allegedly killing his mother inside their home on Monday afternoon.
Rodney Davis, 56, remains in Allegheny County Jail without bail for the murder of Marguerite Davis, 79.
Police received a call for the stabbing on Monday shortly after 3 p.m. at 319 S. Second St.
A light was on outside the front door of the home and some police caution tape remained on the fence on Tuesday afternoon.
Police charged the son after he told Allegheny County Police he smacked his mother in the head with a vodka bottle and fatally stabbed her with multiple kitchen knives because she hit his hand on Monday, court records show.
His brother, Anthony Davis, discovered their mother's body with two knives embedded in her torso at about 3 p.m. and told a friend to call 911, according to a criminal complaint. She died at the scene.
“She was just so kind and sweet-hearted,” said Elaine Washington, a lifelong friend of Marguerite Davis. “She would just give you that soft smile. She never bothered (anybody) in the neighborhood.”
Anthony Davis told police he thought his brother killed their mother, and that Rodney Davis was likely at his girlfriend's house on South Sixth Street. Police found Rodney Davis there and interviewed him at county police headquarters.
Rodney Davis told police that he argued with his mother and she hit him on the hand. He responded by hitting her with the vodka bottle, and stabbing her with a knife by the kitchen sink, the complaint said. He told police he returned twice more to the kitchen, each time grabbing another kitchen knife to stab her, then fled through the front door after she collapsed.
Duquesne police Chief Richard Adams said police were never called to the Davis residence for any incidents prior to the stabbing, and was shocked to learn of the events.
“I knew Rodney had some mental issues, but I never thought he would go this far and do something like this,” Adams said. “She was a very nice woman, very quiet, reserved. When I'd drive to work I'd see her on the porch occasionally. A very gentle, kind person. I was very surprised when I found out what happened. I don't know personally if he was ever treated (for mental health issues) or not. I guess the family would answer that.”
“Rodney had issues. Rodney was on heavy medication,” neighbor Johnnie Coward said. “Rodney's been on medication for years. Rodney talked to himself a lot. You could talk to Rodney, and five seconds later he's talking about something he don't know what he's talking about. He seemed like he zoned out into another world.”
Coward said he knew Marguerite Davis his entire life and would check on her regularly.
“She was like a family member,” Coward said. “Miss Davis was the perfect lady. It's a sad situation.”
“She would help out anybody in need,” said Marguerite Davis' grandson, Dedris Davis Sr. “She loved everyone. It's tough right now. She was the foundation, backbone of the family. (We celebrated) every Christmas over her house, every Thanksgiving over her house.”
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 20. Online court records do not list a defense attorney.
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