Slain Harlem Grandmother Had Order of Protection Against Grandson

By Nicole Bode on April 17, 2011 10:47am 

Larry Davis, 22, allegedly murdered his grandmother inside her Harlem apartment and then stuffed her body into a closet, prosecutors said.
Larry Davis, 22, allegedly murdered his grandmother inside her Harlem apartment and then stuffed her body into a closet, prosecutors said.
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By Shayna Jacobs and Nicole Bode

DNAinfo Staff

MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — The 22-year-old man accused of murdering his grandmother and stuffing her body into her closet before having sex with a woman on her bed had been issued an order of protection a month before the attack ordering him to stop harassing the elderly woman, prosecutors said.

Larry Davis was arraigned Saturday on charges of murder and criminal contempt on Saturday, more than two weeks after allegedly murdering 76-year-old Cora Davis in her Harlem apartment.

The arraignment came two months after Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Robert Mandelbaum issued a limited order of protection on Feb. 6 ordering the younger Davis not to harass or threaten his grandmother through 2016, according to the criminal complaint.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the order of protection, but neighbors told DNAinfo shortly after the murder that the younger Davis had a history of erratic and violent behavior toward his grandmother.

According to the criminal complaint, Davis "shoved Cora Davis to the floor of her kitchen and then dragged her lifeless body to her bedroom and forced her body into a bedroom closet." He did not "call 911 or seek any medical help" for his injured grandmother, according to the complaint.

The attack came to light on Mar. 30, when an uncle, Marvin Davis, showed up at the East 124th Street apartment around 11 a.m. after being unable to reach his mother for several days, according to the criminal complaint. He found the younger Davis having sex on his grandmother's bed with a woman who had a history of prostitution, according to published reports and the criminal complaint.

When Marvin Davis demanded to know where Cora Davis was, Larry Davis fled, according to the complaint.

The city medical examiner determined Cora Davis had died of blunt impact to the neck with cervical spine fracture and injuries to the spinal cord.

Davis' lawyer Bryan Konoski urged the public to wait for all the facts before condemning his client.

"Mr. Davis is presumed innocent and the public should not rush to judgment at this early stage of the case," Konoski said "We are currently investigating the allegations and hope to have some more information in the near future."

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