As a registered nurse, Fathia-Anna Davis played the role of guardian angel for her patients, including those in earthquake ravaged Haiti in 2010. Davis, at that time, sought to heal those who needed her most. Currently, Davis is being painted as a very different person. According to a May 25, 2015 report from Charlotte news station WSOC, Davis has attempted to play the angel of death for her ex-husband, Joseph M. Davis, on a few occasions.
An undercover sting, after the third attempt, landed the Mecklenburg County school nurse supervisor in handcuffs.
Davis was indicted in March of this year for attempting to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband, a month earlier. On Friday, prosecutors in the case filed a 404(b) motion claiming that the February attempt was not Davis’s only attempt at eliminating her ex-husband and father of her young daughter. 404(b) motions, are filed to offer evidence that would otherwise be excluded from trials based on its prejudicial nature. According to prosecutors, Davis tried to poison her husband in 2009, and attempted to hire a hit man two years prior to the February sting that led to her arrest. From the prosecutor’s motion:
The undercover officers met with Defendant on February 15, 2015 when she agreed to pay the undercover law enforcement officers $4,000 to kill the ex-husband; showed them where the ex-husband lived; showed the officers a picture of her ex-husband; and pointed out the ex-husband when he coincidentally arrived at the same shopping center as the meeting…
However, this attempt on her ex-husband’s life isn’t the first documented investigation involving Defendant’s attempt to kill the victim. The concerned citizen also told officers that Defendant told him that two years earlier she hired someone to kill her ex-husband, but the hit man wanted to have sex with her and the deal was broken.
Davis’s defense attorney, John Snyder, may try to keep the evidence of the prior occurrences out of the trial under Rule 403, an evidentiary rule that disallows certain relevant evidence where it may be deemed too prejudicial, confusing, or a waste of time. “The court may exclude relevant evidence if its probative value is substantially outweighed by a danger of one or more of the following: unfair prejudice, confusing the issues, misleading the jury, undue delay, wasting time, or needlessly presenting cumulative evidence.” (Source) Snyder has asked for a continuance in the case.
What could have caused Davis, a graduate of Winston Salem State University, to go down such a dark path? How can someone who, only a few years ago, set out to save lives in her homeland of Haiti, plot to take the life of someone she once loved and with whom she shares a child?
The vitriol between the couple seemingly skyrocketed when Davis and her former husband crossed the threshold of the courthouse in 2009, during a custody and child support dispute. A divorce, temporary restraining order, and assault charge would soon follow. It is not uncommon for dysfunction to set in on families who cannot reach amicable agreements in domestic relations cases.
Many combative current and former couples find themselves in a whirling dervish of court appearances as they sort out conflicts and, otherwise normal, familial decisions. A couple in family court one week, may end up in domestic violence or criminal court the next week. This is a disturbing, yet common, occurrence. Thankfully, it is still not very common that these conflicts end in murder or murder-for-hire plots.
Heightened emotions, miscommunication, broken trust, and the thin line between love and hate cause former lovebirds to become sworn enemies. Unfortunately, children lie in the wake of their parents’ destructive paths. If the allegations against Davis are proven true, she was essentially willing to orphan her daughter in order to get back at her ex-husband. That should make absolutely no sense to a rational person.
So, how can you avoid having an emotional meltdown when faced with family conflict?
- Seek professional help.
- Set up individual and family counseling.
- Hire a legal professional who considers your family’s well-being as the top priority.
- Learn how to disagree without being disagreeable.
- Know when to walk away from a fight.
- Prioritize the well-being of all parties involved over being “right” all the time.
- Find a mediator.
- Pray or meditate.
Davis is set to appear in US District Court on June 1, 2015 regarding the murder-for-hire plot. According to a court docket, the former couple is set to appear in Mecklenburg County Family Court on Thursday, May 28, 2015 for a custody modification hearing.