• Defense team makes case for life in prison for man who pleaded guilty to 2014 Middleburg murder

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    CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - Action News Jax reporter Bridgette Matter spoke exclusively with the victim's husband. --Watch CBS47 at 6. 

    Court continued on Tuesday for the second day of Donald Davidson's penalty phase.

    The state is seeking the death penalty for Davidson. Investigators say in 2014, he strangled and stabbed Roseann Welsh and then kidnapped her 10-year-old daughter.

    Action News Jax has followed this story since 2014 when Welsh’s then-13-year-old son discovered her dead on the bathroom floor of the home.


    • Donald Davidson pleaded guilty to the December 2014 stabbing death of a Middleburg mother, Roseann Welsh, and to the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a child.
    • Despite the face that Davidson waived his right to a jury trial, the state is still seeking the death penalty.
    • Davidson faces nine counts, including murder, kidnapping and molestation.
    • Davidson had previously been convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation and of aggravated battery on a pregnant female in the decade before the attack.
      • He was on conditional release from prison and had gotten out in September 2014, months before the attack.


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