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Six Found Slain Inside Burning House

August 19, 1992

SOMERVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A woman, her daughter and four of her grandchildren were stabbed to death before their home was set afire, police said.

Autopsy reports released Wednesday showed that Bobbie Davis, 45, and her daughter Nicole, 16, had been stabbed numerous times and beaten, said Mike Cox, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. The daughter also suffered several gunshot wounds, he said.

Ms. Davis’ four grandchildren, Jason Davis, 4; Denitra Davis, 9; Brittany Davis, 6; and Lea Erin Davis, 5, all died of multiple stab wounds before the fire was set, autopsies found.

Ms. Davis was found in the living room of the three-bedroom home. Her daughter was sitting on her bed when she was killed, Cox said.

Lea Erin appeared to have been hiding under a pillow in a bedroom. Jason’s body was found in a hallway, and he apparently had been trying to flee. The other children were killed in their beds, Cox said.

The motive for the killings was not known.

Ms. Davis had been selected as a juror Monday for an attempted murder trial. But Burleson County District Attorney Charles Sebesta said Wednesday there didn’t appear to be a link between the death and her role as a juror.

The defendant in the trial, who is free on bail, was not a suspect, Sebesta said. A mistrial was declared after Ms. Davis’ death. A new trial was planned.

The Texas Rangers and a state Department of Public Safety laboratory team were sent Tuesday to Somerville, a town of 1,500 about 80 miles northwest of Houston, to assist in the probe.

Ms. Davis had been a supervisor at Brenham State School for the mentally retarded and had worked there for 14 1/2 years, according to Peg Barry, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

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