The Hamilton County Prosecutor's office released new details this morning in the murder of a well-loved East Price Hill man. Joe Deters says 79 year old John Lauck was stabbed in the chest and neck and strangled with a rope or cord, by a man he hired to do odd jobs.
47 year old Daniel Davis was indicted today by a Grand Jury on two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, one count of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated burglary. He could face the death penalty if he is convicted.
Police found the body of Lauck at his home on Purcell Avenue on August 19th. Today the prosecutor's office said that Davis and Lauck had known each other for several weeks and that Lauck had hired him to perform odd jobs around the house.
The prosecutor says on day of Lauck's murder, Davis went to Lauck's home in order to rob him for money to support his heroin addiction. The prosecutor says Lauck was beaten, stomped, stabbed, and strangled. The prosecutor claims Lauck's DNA was recovered from the bottom of Davis' shoes.
One of Lauck's children found his body. The couple was well known in their parish at Holy Family Church.
In a press release sent out earlier today, the prosecutor said Davis's own brother called him "a piece of human garbage." Davis is a past violence offender, having served him in 1986 for rape.