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Davis Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charge

Posted: December 17, 2012 at 5:37 p.m.

— A Bentonville man pleaded not guilty today to charges accusing him of kidnapping and killing his wife.

Perry Dennis Davis Jr. is charged with kidnapping and capital murder, both Class Y felonies. He entered the pleas during an arraignment before Circuit Judge Robin Green.

Davis, 49, is accused of killing his 44-year-old wife, Kelly. Police believe Davis shot himself after shooting his wife. Police were called to the couple’s home at 804 S.W. Ouachita Drive in Bentonville at 5:21 p.m. Aug. 19 in connection with a domestic disturbance.

Kelly Davis’ body was found in the home after police entered almost five hours after an initial 911 call from her. Police entered the home after Perry Davis called 911, claiming he’d been shot and needed assistance. Police aren’t releasing the 911 calls in connection with the incident.

Perry Davis was hospitalized for several weeks because of injuries sustained from a gunshot to his head. Court documents state he has a prefrontal lobe injury from the wound, is now blind and has retrograde amnesia.

If convicted of capital murder, Davis faces life imprisonment or the death penalty. Kidnapping is punishable with a prison sentence ranging from 10 to 40 years or life imprisonment.

Davis is being held without bond in the Benton County Jail.

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