Police Searching for Clues in Murder of 78-Year-Old Lubbock Woman - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/8/04

Police Searching for Clues in Murder of 78-Year-Old Lubbock Woman

Lubbock police are trying to solve the second murder in less than two weeks. Last night police found a 78-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds to her chest, dead in her home in East Lubbock.

It started with police responding to a welfare call in the 2600 block of Globe Wednesday night after neighbors couldn't get an answer at the door. They could hear the television and could hear a dog barking, but no one came to the door. That's when the police came and found 78-year-old Mary Elizabeth Davis had been killed.

A picture taken many years ago, is one of the memories Hattie Collins has of her mother. "I'm just going to try to go on from day to day, that's all I can do," Hattie Collins said.

Hattie has no idea who came into her 78-year-old mothers' house and stabbed her multiple times. Police say, there were no signs of forced entry and that the back door was unlocked. Thursday they searched the house for clues, meantime the neighbors are in shock.

"I was real sad about it because Ms. Mary never did bother anybody she was always kept to herself," LaGloria Lewis, a neighbor said.

LaGloria Lewis has known Mary Davis for many years, she says Mary was a sweet and friendly lady who was known for selling candy from her house to all the area kids.

"She used to sell candy to my children when they were small, now they are grown. And now my grandchildren are buying candy from her," Lewis said.

"They came everyday to buy candy, and the kids seemed to like her pretty good," Collins said.

"It's just very shocking and you just don't think things like that would happen. You know you hear of it happening but then when it hits home, so close to home. It makes you frightened," said Jennie Wilson, a neighbor.

Police say they don't have a suspect at this time but they are following a number of leads. An autopsy was performed this morning, but the results are not complete.

If you have any information you are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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