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Trial begins for school nurse supervisor accused in murder-for-hire plot

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The trial for a school nurse supervisor accused of hiring someone to kill her ex-husband is expected to start Monday.

Fathia Davis, a school health nurse supervisor with the Mecklenburg County Health Department, was indicted by a grand jury on March 20 with solicitation to commit a crime of violence and use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for hire. According to documents, Davis has attempted to hire someone to kill her husband on more than one occasion.

CMPD’s investigation began Jan. 21 when they say a concerned citizen contacted them and said he was “solicited to commit murder and/or find someone to commit the murder.”

Eight days later on Jan. 29, the concerned citizen met with police. He reportedly told them Davis sent him several text messages to “persistently ask him to find someone to murder her ex-husband.”

The complaint also states the citizen introduced “undercover detectives” to Davis and that she agreed to pay them $4,000 to shoot her ex-husband Joseph Davis in the head.

According to police, she showed the detectives where her ex-husband lived, gave them an old photo and initially offered to pay them $300 on the spot as a deposit. Investigators say Davis met with the undercover detectives two more times.

During the second meeting she “paid them a $500 down payment” and gave them a cell number to a disposable phone.

Court documents say that Davis attempted to hire someone to kill her ex-husband two years ago. That deal was broken because “the hit man wanted to have sex with her,” court documents state.

Davis is accused of poisoning her then-husband in October 2009. Police responded to the home after reports of a loose dog. When the man answered the door, he was reportedly stumbling and slurring his speech, but no evidence was found that he had been drinking.

He tested positive for benzodiazepines, or tranquilizers. Court documents say the man waited two years to report the poisoning.

The prosecution argues that the recent information regarding Davis’ previous attempt to kill her ex-husband is relevant because Davis had the same motive.

According to the prosecution, Davis took steps to cover her tracks and her involvement in the alleged plan; however, they say the plot was all caught on tape.

But Davis had a big show of support to the contrary. Members from her church and Bible study said Davis is “an amazing woman” with “a passion for helping.”

After her court appearance, Davis was released on a $100,000 unsecured bond under house arrest where she will be required to wear a GPS monitoring device. She also has to hand over her passport, her daughter’s passport and the gun she owns.

Davis is prohibited from having contact with her ex-husband and any child custody arrangements or visiting has to be done through a third-party.

She will have to undergo a mental health evaluation and complete any kind of treatment required from the exam.

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