CINCINNATI -- A man charged in the 2012 death of a 79-year-old East Price Hill man could the death penalty if convicted and he could take the stand in his own defense Wednesday.
Daniel Davis, 49, is charged with multiple counts of murder and aggravated robbery after John "Jack" Lauck was found dead on August 19 at his Purcell Avenue home.
Lauck's death was ruled a homicide after officials said he was repeatedly beaten, stabbed and stomped.
The Hamilton County Coroner said Lauck was strangled, and sustained stab wounds to the neck and chest.
Lauck had hired Davis to do odd jobs around his home, according to investigators. Officials say Davis went to Lauck's home to rob him of money to support his heroin addiction.
Investigators recovered some of Lauck's DNA from blood spatter on Davis' shoes, which led to his arrest.
"How sad is it when someone kind like Mr. Lauck tries to help someone like Davis and then ends up brutally murdered," said Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters. "Davis' own brother is quoted as saying that Davis is a ‘piece of human garbage.' I could not agree more."
Lauck's son, John F., said in court previously that he had "a bad feeling" when his dad didn't answer when he called down in the basement. That's where he found his father deceased.
Lauck recalled a time when he first met and spoke with Davis.
"They were just really nice comments about my mom and dad, saying how good they were and nice," he said.
Lauck said his father loaned Davis money from time to time, but after a while, Davis began wanting more funds. He said he believed his father would reach a point in which he would deny Davis of any loans.
That case is scheduled to resume Wednesday morning.