November 10, 2016
Mom Of 7 Stabbed To Death While Children Watched, Husband Has Long History Of Domestic Violence

A mom of seven was stabbed to death in Arizona, and the man allegedly responsible has a history of violence dating back more than a decade.

This week police in Goodyear charged John Leo Davis Jr. with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife Michele Davis.

The incident took place Thursday night at the home the couple shared in the Southwest Valley. Reports claimed that John Leo Davis Jr. struck his young son for playing video games, and the child told his mother. She allegedly confronted John, and the two began arguing.

The children then saw the husband pick up a knife and chase his wife to the front door, where Michele Davis was later found in a pool of blood.

John's 14-year-old daughter called police and said that she saw her mother being stabbed, and then watched as John Leo Davis Jr. washed the knife in the kitchen sink.

Davis then called police and allegedly made incriminating statements, crying and apologizing as the told dispatchers that he snapped.

Now reports are uncovering a long history of alleged violence from the man who police say stabbed the mom of seven to death. John Leo Davis Jr. had been arrested in Utah in 2008 on suspicion of child abuse and assaulting Michele. He was arrested in 2006 and two times in the 1990s on suspicion of battery against a spouse, AZ Central found.

After Michele Davis was murdered, the seven children were removed from the home and are now under the care of relatives. The three youngest children, ages 3, 5, and 9, belong to the couple. Michele had two children, ages 11 and 15, while Davis had a 12-year-old, a 14-year-old, and a 16-year-old who was not at home when the stabbing took place.

Friends and family are now trying to help the family after the mom of seven was stabbed to death. Some friends that attend school with the children started a GoFundMe page, which has already raised more than $3,000 to help the family.

The page noted the following.

"We recently received word that a terrible tragedy has befallen on four of our fellow Legacy Traditional School-Avondale students. While we unfortunately, are unable to share full details at this time, we are reaching out to the Legacy Community and surrounding areas asking for funds to assist this family with expenses as they struggle through this extremely difficult time. If there is anything you can give right now, whether $5 or $50 or more, it will truly be appreciated."
The man police say stabbed the mom of seven to death appeared without a lawyer before a judge, who set bond at $2 million.

[Image via Goodyear Police Department]