Cold Case: Huntsville man’s murder still unsolved after nearly 11 years

Updated: Sep. 26, 2019 at 9:49 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Nov. 26, 2008 is a day Saheva Davis will always remember. Her husband died a violent death at a business in south Huntsville.

Eleven years later, his homicide is the focus of our “Cold Case Investigation” series.

“I’m just trying to find out anybody that knows anything about my husband’s murder,” said Davis, widow of Ricky Davis.

Davis stood in the streets of Huntsville just weeks after the murder of her husband, pleading for answers. Her husband was found dead on the floor of an adult video store in south Huntsville. Police say Davis was working at the store when someone walked through the front door and shot and killed him.

"Someone thought they were the giver and taker of life. They took something very valuable from us that we don't have an can never get back," said Davis.

Davis has spent nearly 11 years without knowing who murdered her husband. The couple’s daughter was just a few months old when her daddy was killed. Davis has since moved away but keeps in contact with Huntsville police investigator Julian Johnson.

“It’s been a long time and we haven’t had any good leads on the case,” said Johnson.

The business where Ricky Davis worked was surrounded in crime scene tape on that November day in 2008., police cars blocking the parking lot as investigators worked every angle. More than a decade later, the building where Davis was murdered is for sale, and the case remains unsolved.

Johnson, who has studied every note in Davis’ homicide file, says it’s his mission to put this cold case to bed.

“My main concern is to look the family in the eye and say we got them. To me, that’s a better feeling than taking this case, closing it out and putting it up on the shelf,” said Johnson.

Until that day comes, the question Davis’ family wants to be answered is who would murder the 31-year-old husband and father.

Johnson says Davis was working to turn his life around, and that the evidence doesn’t point toward a robbery. He says there’s a different motive and someone out there knows what it is and who killed Davis.

“People don’t want to talk because of the stigma of them being labeled as a snitch. There’s no snitching when someone dies. We need to get this case solved,” said Johnson.

Johnson says investigators collected numerous shell casings at the scene and sent them off to forensics. They know the casings match the gun used to kill Davis.

If you have any information about this crime call Crime Stoppers at 256-53-CRIME. You could earn a reward for information leading to an arrest and help a family gain closure.

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