Woman Found Having Sex in Room With Dead Body Speaks Out

By DNAinfo Staff on April 1, 2011 11:59am

The body of a 76-year-old woman was found in a closet in a Wagner Houses apartment.
The body of a 76-year-old woman was found in a closet in a Wagner Houses apartment.
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By Olivia Scheck

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — The woman who was found having sex in an East Harlem apartment where a dead body lay stuffed in a closet spoke out Thursday to the New York Daily News.

Nakeema Craig, 20, insisted that she had no idea 76-year-old Cora Davis was dead in the closet while she was holed up in an apartment with Davis' grandson Larry Davis for a two-day marathon romance, according to the News.

Craig and the younger Davis were found in the act of lovemaking Wednesday, when relatives stormed the apartment, looking for Cora Davis, who had not been heard from for two days, police said.

Police arrived shortly afterwards and discovered her body buried under a pile of clothes in the Wagner Houses apartment on East 124th Street.

"When the cop said he found her body, I thought he must be joking," Craig, who police said had a history of prostitution, told the News. "I thought, 'Wow, what did I get myself into?'"

By the time cops arrived, Larry Davis had already left the scene, police said.

Davis, whom Craig said she met through a mutual friend on Monday, had previously been arrested for drug possession, assault and trespassing, according to the paper.

The cause of Cora Davis's death is still being investigated, but early indications reportedly suggested strangulation.

While Craig couldn't say whether Larry Davis had killed his grandmother, she suspected that he at least knew what had happened, the News reported.

Still, she wondered aloud to the News "How could he feel comfortable with his grandma there like that?"