Jury hears audio tape recorded by Richard Davis and Dena Riley during their flight from Independence.
Richard D. Davis and Dena Riley made an audio tape recording during their last days as fugitives.
Independence Police officials transcribed the tape after they seized the recorder that was found inside a pickup truck the two used while on the run.
Some of the statements Davis made on the tape were revealed Tuesday at Davis’ capital murder trial that stretched into its fourth day.
Davis and Riley are accused of brutally raping and murdering Marsha Spicer at his apartment in May 2006.
“We’re bad people,” Davis said in the recording. “Whoever listens to this tape, don’t ever hit your kids. A lot of people have been hurt by us.”
However, he didn’t blame anyone for his actions. “This is just our fate.”
Independence Police Detective John Howe testified Tuesday that he listened to the tape. They talked of having one last “big party” in which they would get stoned and drunk and pop a bunch of pills in hopes of committing suicide.
“I know they’re going to execute us,” Davis said. “That’s why we’re making this tape.”
Jackson County prosecutors also entered into evidence a book titled “Invisible Darkness” by Stephen Williams that describes horrifying sex murders committed by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka in southern Ontario, Canada, in the early 1990s.
Bernardo and Homolka were convicted of the rape-murder of two teenage girls and Homolka’s sister.
Davis and Riley apparently had bookmarked certain sections of “Invisible Darkness” where it describes details of the murders Homolka and Bernardo committed.
Howe read the sections. He told jurors that Davis and Riley’s crimes were similar to those of the Canadian couple.
Both involved three-way sex, forced sex on the woman, drugging of the woman, videotaping the incident, and having the partner (in this case Riley and Homolka) sitting on the face of the victim and suffocating her to death.
Police also confiscated a notebook piece of paper with Davis’ hand-written notes about Bernardo and Homolka. The writing even stated what penitentiary Homolka was being incarcerated at.
Jackson County Assistant Prosecutor Tammy Dickinson asked Howe about the movie “Natural Born Killers” that Davis and Riley watched during the time of their alleged crime spree.
Howe testified that the movie involved similarities with the Davis and Riley murders. The movie depicted the adventures of a couple committing violent sex against women, numerous murders, drug abuse and running from authorities.
During the three days that police interrogated Davis over Memorial Day weekend in 2006, he confessed to the crimes. But Tom Jacquinot, Davis’s public defender, pointed out Tuesday that he cooperated with authorities as they pieced together the case. He led them to the wooded area where he buried Marsha Spicer. He led them to locations where he discarded evidence like a piece of Spicer’s denture, clothing and cell phone.
Indeed, an Independence Police investigator confirmed for Jacquinot on the stand Tuesday that Davis told police during the confession that “he hurt a lot of people” and apologized to the victims’ families and friends.
Davis’s defense objected to the admittance of the book and references to the movie.
The fourth day of trial Tuesday ended early because presiding Judge Marco Roldan wanted to get started with preparing the lengthy jury instructions.
Closing arguments will be heard tomorrow and the case will be sent to the jury at that time, according to court officials.