Man found guilty in 2012 East Price Hill murder; faces death penalty

CINCINNATI -- A handyman charged in the 2012 death of a 79-year-old East Price Hill man rolled his eyes Friday after being found guilty.

Daniel Davis, 49, faced six counts of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery charges after John "Jack" Lauck was found dead Aug. 19 at his Purcell Avenue home. Davis was convicted on all charges.

Sentencing in the case begins Thursday. Davis faces the death penalty.

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 had stab wounds on his neck and chest.

Lauck 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 dead.

John F. Lauck takes the stand Monday, August 25, 2014

Lauck said his father loaned Davis money from time to time, but after a while, Davis began wanting more. He said he believed his father would reach a point in which he would deny Davis of any loans.

Closing arguments in the case ended Thursday.

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