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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.
- Welsh was found dead by her son in a bathroom of a home on Mayflower Street.
- Davidson is accused of abducting Welsh's, then-10-year-old daughter, who was found near the death scene when police arrived. She told police she had been taken by Davidson and then dropped off by him.
- 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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Follow Action News Jax’s Beth Rousseau on Twitter @BethANJax for updates from the courtroom.
Owner of restaurant where #DonaldDavidson was working when Roseann Welsh was killed says Davidson's mood shifted when asked about marital status on day of Welsh's death. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/ICboUcL3hf— Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) June 25, 2019
Detective who interviewed #DonaldDavidson in 2010 following alleged aggravated battery on pregnant woman said Davidson told him he should be in jail and that he couldn't control himself. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/K7v7YbsEQl— Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) June 25, 2019
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