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Mickey Wayne DAVIDSON





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - His wife decided to return to her former husband
Number of victims: 3
Date of murder: June 13, 1990
Date of birth: 1957
Victims profile: His wife, Doris Jane Davidson, 36, and two stepdaughters, 13 and 14
Method of murder: Beating with a crowbar
Location: Smyth County, Virginia, USA
Status: Executed by lethal injection in Virginia on October 19, 1995

Mickey Wayne Davidson, 38, admitted bludgeoning his wife, Doris Jane Davidson, and her daughters Mamie Darnell Clatterbuck and Tammy Lynn Clatterbuck with a crowbar in June 1990. He said he murdered his Smyth County family because his wife decided to return to her former husband.


Virginia Puts to Death the Killer Of Wife and Two Stepdaughters

The New York Times

October 21, 1995

A man who killed his wife and two stepdaughters with a crowbar went quietly to his death, staring at the ceiling as he was executed by injection.

"I'll say my last words to the Lord," the inmate, Mickey Wayne Davidson, said on Thursday night after he was strapped to a gurney. "I guess that's all that really needs to be said."

A small man with shoulder-length hair, beard and mustache, Mr. Davidson was dwarfed by eight guards who led him to the death chamber at the Greensville Correctional Center minutes after the Supreme Court rejected a final appeal.

He had sent a note earlier in the day to the Governor, saying, "I do want the execution to proceed as scheduled."

Mr. Davidson, 38, pleaded guilty to the 1990 crowbar slayings of his wife, Doris Jane Davidson, and stepdaughters. He said he killed Mrs. Davidson, 36, because she had decided to return to her former husband with the girls, Mamie Darnell Clatterbuck, 14, and Tammy Lynn Clatterbuck, 13.

Mr. Davidson had changed his position frequently on whether to fight his execution, finally saying this summer that he deserved to die and would abandon efforts to escape the death penalty.

A cousin, Barry Davidson, submitted a petition on Thursday morning saying the prisoner was mentally incompetent to waive appeals. But it was rejected by a Federal district appeals court and finally the nation's highest court.

Mr. Davidson was the 45th person executed in the United States this year.


Virginia man executed for murdering his family

October 20, 1995

JARRATT, Virginia (CNN) -- Mickey Wayne Davidson, convicted of murdering his wife and two step-daughters, on Thursday became the 28th person to be executed in Virginia since the resumption of the death penalty in 1976.

Davidson was pronounced dead at 9:41 p.m. (0041 GMT) at the Greenville Correctional Center, after a delay of 41 minutes due to an appeal by a relative. Virginia Gov. George Allen waited until the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Barry Davidson's last-minute appeal for his cousin's life before proceeding with the execution.

Barry Davidson unsuccessfully petitioned U.S. District Judge James Spencer to stay the execution, arguing that Davidson was not mentally competent.

Mickey Wayne Davidson, 38, admitted bludgeoning his wife, Doris Jane Davidson, and her daughters Mamie Darnell Clatterbuck and Tammy Lynn Clatterbuck with a crowbar in June 1990. He said he murdered his family because his wife decided to return to her former husband.

His final words were, "I'll say my last words to the Lord. I guess that's all that really needs to be said."


Man who killed wife, two stepdaughters is executed

October 20, 1995

The state Thursday evening executed Mickey W. Davidson, who used a crowbar to beat his wife and two stepdaughters to death in 1990.

Davidson died at 9:41 p.m. from an injection of lethal drugs at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt.

After pleading guilty to the murders, Davidson alternated between seeking his execution and fighting to block it. Davidson, 38, of Smyth County, said during the summer that he deserved to die for the murders and would abandon any effort to evade the death penalty.

In a notarized affidavit faxed to Gov. George Allen about 1 1/2 hours before the execution, Davidson wrote, "I do want the execution to proceed as scheduled.''

He beat his wife, Doris J. Davidson, 36, and her daughters, Mamie D. Clatterbuck, 14, and Tammy L. Clatterbuck, 13, to death on June 13, 1990, because Doris Davidson had decided to return to her former husband.

"I just couldn't stand to see her go back. I just couldn't stand to see them go back. So . . . I just took a crowbar and killed them, Doris and the two kids,'' Davidson said in a statement to police a day after the three were killed at their home in Saltville.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by a cousin of Davidson's at 9:22 p.m., said Ken Stroupe, an Allen spokesman. The governor temporarily halted the execution to give the court time to rule, Stroupe said.

All nine justices were involved in the decision. Although the court would not release a vote on its ruling, it noted that Justice John Paul Stevens wanted to stay the execution.

Two preachers, Bob and Sarah West of Heartbeat Prison Ministries in Roanoke, said they were Davidson's only visitors Thursday. They talked with Davidson and planned to give him communion.

"He's accepted it. He's ready to go,'' Sarah West said.

But the second cousin, Barry Davidson, sought a stay of execution Thursday on the grounds that Davidson was not competent to waive appeals.

U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer in Richmond denied the motion Thursday afternoon, and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upheld Spencer's decision Thursday evening. The U.S. Supreme Court then rejected the appeal.

In his affidavit to Allen, Mickey Davidson said he wanted the appeals to be stopped and specified he had not authorized any lawyer to appeal on his behalf.

Davidson was the 28th person executed in Virginia and the 302nd executed in the country since 1976, when the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the states to resume using the death penalty.

He was the 45th person executed in the United States so far this year.

Davidson was almost executed in 1992 after asking his attorneys not to appeal his case. Three days before the execution date, he changed his mind and was granted a stay.


An Eye For An Eye, A Tooth For A Tooth

A State Witness To An Execution

(Reprinted from the January 1996 issue of the Chesapeake Examiner, published by the Chesapeake Bay Division -- International Association for Identification.)

By Joe Scerra, CBD--IAI

We arrived at the execution chamber at about 8:45 p.m., 15 minutes before the scheduled execution.  We had a short walk to the viewing area and had to pass the general prison population -- but they were calm that night!  We took our seats behind a glass enclosure.  No member of the condemned's family would be attending, but if they were they would be seated in an entirely different location.

We learned in the conference room who the condemned was, a Mr. Mickey Wayne Davidson, a 38--year old male from Smyth County.  Prior to traveling to Jarratt, Virginia, I had obtained from our prosecutor's office a legal brief about Mr. Davidson's case.  In June 1990, the same year that Willie Evans was executed for murdering Deputy Truesdale, Mr. Davidson brutally and savagely killed his wife and two teenage stepdaughters with a crowbar.  This sad incident was over a broken marriage, child custody, and child support by the stepdaughters' father.  Mr. Davidson admitted to the offense and was sentenced by the courts to death in July 1991.

The enclosed drawing which was graciously done by Rick Sexton, a fellow officer, accurately depicts the “Execution Chamber” as I recall it.  One difference is the right door which is actually three times the distance to the gurney where Mr. Davidson is lying.  I was the witness seated to the bottom right.  The remaining witnesses were to my left and behind me, including the press, prison officials and a woman minister for Mr. Davidson.  I saw a couple of members of the Attorney General's office to my right.  The two men speaking on the telephones were high--ranking prison officials who were on the telephones the entire time.  The right telephone was to the Governor's office.

There was and a last--minute plea for and a stay to the U.S. Supreme Court, just what I was anticipating during my car trip to the prison.  The execution was delayed for about 35 minutes.  We were told that this was one of the longest last--minute delays ever.  Then at about 9:35 p.m. the right door opened and Mr. Davidson was escorted by several anonymous Correctional Officers and strapped to the gurney.  A large curtain was drawn across in front of the gurney and our vision of Mr. Davidson was momentarily interrupted, while the intravenous (IV) needles were placed into Mr. Davidson's arms.  Then the curtain was pulled back so the witnesses could view the execution.  The prison official on the telephone to the left stretched the telephone cord over to Mr. Davidson so that he might speak his last words.  Mr. Davison said very little, something to the effect that he had nothing to say, that he would say it to the Lord.

At this point, I could see the drugs traveling through the IV lines.  They were being administered by qualified personnel from behind a large curtain area with a window in the middle.  Three drugs were administered: one puts the condemned to sleep; the second deadens the muscles and third stops the heart.

I could see Mr. Davidson breathing heavily by viewing his chest which was rising and falling with every breath.  It was not long until the chest movements became shallower.  Then there was no movement in his chest and that was when I knew he was dead.  There is an EKG attached to the condemned so that the attending physician can certify that death has occurred and he did so.

To the left of the gurney and behind the curtain was the electric chair, however, all that was visible were the legs and part of the frame.  (To pronounce death to an inmate who was electrocuted, the attending physician has to listen to the inmate's heart with a stethoscope in lieu of an EKG.  This is because the electrical current used to effect an execution would render the EKG inoperable and certainly would pose a danger to the staff personnel on hand.  The electric chair and equipment is designed to deliver approximately 1,825 volts at approximately 7.5 amps for 30 seconds.  Then 240 volts at approximately 1.5 amps for 60 seconds.  There is a pause of five seconds, then the cycle is repeated.  The equipment is operated for a total of three minutes.  The cycle was designed to render the condemned brain dead within the first few moments.

Our escort explained that the execution had been carried out.  We were directed to leave and as I was exiting the execution chamber I glanced up at the clock on the wall to the right and it read 9:42 p.m.; almost one hour earlier we had entered “The Chamber.”

As we were being driven back to our vehicles and as our van exited the security gate, the members of the Rapid Deployment Force were standing at “Attention”.  The two individuals from the press were dropped off by the news satellite truck.  We continued to exit the prison grounds and in the darkness I saw one lady holding up a lighted candle as we drove by.  I wondered; was she there because of the victims or on behalf of the condemned?

As we were thanked for performing our duty, I could not help but think how long the trip back home would be.  I also thought about the Biblical passage discussed earlier, it truly was correct --— Justice was done in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

On the way home, I heard on my car radio several news accounts of the execution I had just seen.  At least the broadcasts were short in substance compared to the ones I listened to on the way to the prison.



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