Daniel Davis faces death penalty in murder of John Lauck - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Suspect faces death penalty in murder of man, 79

Daniel Davis (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Daniel Davis (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
John Lauck (Source: Cincinnati Police) John Lauck (Source: Cincinnati Police)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A suspect now faces the death penalty for the murder of a 79-year-old East Price Hill man.

Daniel Davis, 47, was indicted Monday on two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, once count of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated burglary in the death of John Lauck.

Prosecutors say Davis is also charged as a repeat violent offender as a result of his 1986 conviction for rape. 

If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of the death penalty.

According to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, Davis and Lauck became acquainted for several weeks prior to Lauck's murder. Lauck had hired him to perform odd jobs around his East Price Hill home. On the day of the murder, investigators believe Davis went to Lauck's home in order to rob him for money to support his heroin addiction. 

One of Lauck's children found him dead in his home.  The Hamilton County Coroner ruled his death a homicide as the result of stab wounds to the neck and chest with a contributing cause of ligature strangulation.  Lauck had been repeatedly beaten, stabbed and stomped.  The victim's DNA was recovered from blood spatter from Davis' shoes.

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