Death row killer Adam ‘Rattlesnake’ Davis due in court ahead of re-sentencing

Hillsborough County

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Attorneys are expected to update a judge Thursday on the case of a convicted killer in Hillsborough County who’s trying to get off of death row.

Adam “Rattlesnake” Davis is one of three people found guilty in the brutal murder of a Carrollwood mother back in 1998.

Back in 1998, Davis, who was 19 at the time, his 15-year-old girlfriend Valessa Robinson and friend Jon Whispel were all convicted in the murder of Valessa’s mom, Vicki Robinson. 

The trio tried to inject her with bleach but it didn’t work, so they stabbed her to death and then skipped town. 

Davis was the only one sentenced to death in a 7 to 5 vote by the jury. The law now requires a unanimous decision in death penalty cases. 

Davis will get a do-over with a chance to get off of death row in turn for life in prison.

Davis’ attorney was last in court at the beginning of the year and said he found 17 boxes of transcripts and old testimony he still needed to go through.

Valessa Robinson was released back in 2013 but Davis’ attorney argues she was the main culprit in her mother’s death. 

Their friend Jon Whispel is set to be released in October.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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