Westmont woman pleads guilty to fatally stabbing husband

Updated 3/19/2015 6:05 AM
  • Lisa Davis

    Lisa Davis

A Westmont woman accused of fatally stabbing her husband during a 2013 argument pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder.

Lisa Davis, 44, was immediately sentenced to 14 years in prison for the Feb. 15, 2013, slaying of 49-year-old David Davis.

Assistant State's Attorney Audrey Anderson said police found David Davis lying in a pool of blood with a knife wound to the abdomen about 7:30 p.m. while responding to a 911 call for a domestic dispute at the couple's home on the 500 block of West 61st Street. David Davis was rushed to a hospital where he died about four hours later.

The wound punctured Davis' liver and lung.

Lisa Davis was arrested at the scene and later was hospitalized for making suicidal threats.

Anderson said the couple had been drinking and arguing about whether Lisa Davis had been faithful when the stabbing occurred.

Anderson said Davis admitted to stabbing her husband after a struggle in which he had already managed to wrestle two other knives from her hands.

"Domestic violence continues to claim thousands of victims year after year and is responsible for more than 1,300 deaths every year," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a written statement. "This is a very sad case where a verbal argument between a husband and wife turned physical and escalated to the point of murder.

"This case should serve as a warning to others that if you find yourself in an emotional, heated argument, take a step back to allow yourself some time to cool off before the situation gets out of control."

Davis was held on $2 million bail since she was initially charged with first-degree murder on the day of the stabbing. Prosecutors on Wednesday added the second-degree murder charge to allow for the plea deal.

She must serve half of the sentence before being eligible for two years of parole. She receives credit for the 762 days she has been in custody.

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