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Elderly man beaten to death in home-invasion

Police responded to a home invasion call in Tuscumbia. Police responded to a home invasion call in Tuscumbia.
Elbert Davis, Jr. Elbert Davis, Jr.

An elderly man beaten in a home invasion Tuesday evening has died.

Police said 88-year-old Elbert Davis Jr. lived alone and was found by acquaintances around 7 p.m. Tuesday inside his home.

It appears someone forced entry into the house through the back door. Davis was found in the basement of the home on N High Street across from Deshler Middle School.

Davis was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition. He died at the hospital of his injuries.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation will be assisting Tuscumbia Police in the investigation. It is now a capital murder case.

Investigators have been combing the home looking for anything that could give them insight as to what happened.

Police believe the person or persons responsible broke through part of the fence and then forced their way inside Davis' home.

Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan has had his officers guarding the crime scene since they arrived Tuesday night making sure they can gather as much evidence as possible during the first 48 hours, which are the most critical in any crime - especially those involving death.

"We have an obligation to the family of the victims to pool and use every resource that we have at our disposal and we have an excellent relationship with ABI and they're assisting us in this investigation. We want to make sure we don't miss anything and we owe that to the Davis family," said Logan.

Davis was said to be an avid golfer and spent nearly every day on the golf course at Spring Park.

Those who know Davis are trying to wrap their minds around this crime.

"Something like this is just terrible. It's terrible," said Denise Province.

Province works at the golf course in Spring Park.

"He's a very caring, a very sweet man. He would give you his shirt off his back - didn't have an enemy. I cannot believe something like this would happen to him," she said.

Province said she talked to Davis just hours before he was found by police.

She said a crime of this nature is just too hard to believe.

"I just couldn't believe it was him because he's never ever hurt anybody. I just cannot believe it's happened to him. He's a very special person," she said.

With Davis' killers on the run, Province and others are taking extra security steps at home.

"I locked my bedroom door last night. You know, I've got my doors locked but I've got my bedroom door locked also and I hope they get caught soon," said Davis.

Anyone with information about this crime should call local authorities.

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