Man stabs wife to death in front of daughter, police say

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Goodyear police said a 37-year-old man is suspected of stabbing his wife to death Thursday evening in front of at least one of their seven children.

John Davis, 37, called 911 regarding a family fight, and police later found 35-year-old Michelle Davis stabbed to death at the family home in the area of 167th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road about 6:15 p.m., Lisa Kutis of the Goodyear Police Department said Friday morning.

Police said the daughter called 911 and frantically pleaded for help at the same time John Davis called 911 while crying hysterically and apologized for killing his wife.

The daughter told police she saw her father stab her mother. All seven children, ages 3 to 15, were at home, police said.

John Davis allegedly took the knife to the kitchen and cleaned it before officers arrived, but stayed at the home until officers arrived and told them he’d lost his mind and stabbed his wife, police said

Kutis said John Davis was taken into custody without incident.

Michelle Davis was taken to a hospital, where she died of multiple stab wounds, Kutis said.

Investigators said they found at least 13 stab wounds on her body.

A son told police John Davis became upset with him for playing video games and that his father struck him in the face. The child said he told his mother, who confronted her husband and an argument ensued, police said.

The children told investigators they saw their father chase their mother from the kitchen to the front door with a knife in his hand. Michelle Davis’ body was found by the front door, police said.

John Davis refused to speak with investigators after his arrest.

The seven children were placed in the care of relatives, Kutis said. The children were not hurt.

Goodyear police said they were called to the home in August 2013 for a verbal argument between the couple.

John Davis has a lengthy criminal background involving violent domestic abuse, police said.

He was arrested in 2008 in Utah for a domestic violence assault against Michelle Davis and child abuse.

He was arrested in 2006 in Modesto, CA, for battery against a spouse and inflicting corporal injury to a spouse.

He was also arrested in 1997 and 1998 in Santa Rosa, CA, for battery against a former spouse.

John Davis is being held in the Maricopa County Jail on $2 million bond.

Source: KPHO/KTVK

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