After deliberating for more than three hours, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict in the case of Fathia-Anna Davis, a Mecklenburg County school nurse supervisor on trial for attempting to hire men to murder her ex-husband.
Davis had been free on bail since her February arrest, but federal marshals took her into custody when she was found guilty. She will be sentenced at a later date.
In January, Davis approached a nail salon worker, Huy Nguyen, and asked him about killing her husband, according to court documents and Nguyen’s testimony in court Tuesday.
“I said ‘I don’t do that, but if you want, I can ask somebody for you,’” he said.
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Nguyen approached a police officer and explained the situation. On Feb. 15, Nguyen introduced Davis to two undercover detectives in the parking lot of the nail salon. According to court documents, Davis agreed during this meeting “to pay the detectives a total of four thousand dollars to shoot her ex-husband Joseph Davis in the head.”
Another witness, Eileen Olsen, took care of Davis’ daughter as a nanny for three years. Olsen testified that, in 2009, she learned Davis “frequently” drugged her husband, to whom Davis was still married, by putting the sleep medication Ambien in his food.
In October 2009, Olsen said Davis put Ambien in her husband’s spaghetti before he drove to his nighttime job. Davis hoped he would fall asleep while driving and crash his car on the highway, Olsen said.
The plan failed because Davis mistimed the drug, Olsen said in her testimony, although Joseph Davis was hospitalized.
After the guilty verdict, Joseph Davis’ current wife, Ivy Williams, spoke to reporters outside the courthouse.
“Justice was served today and Fathia Davis is exactly where she belongs, in jail,” she said.