Stephen Davis Murders 5 YR Old Sister

Stephen Davis was a seventeen year old teen killer from Maryland who would murder his five year old sister Anaya Jannah Abdul

According to court documents Stephen Davis would stab to death his five year old sister Anaya Jannah Abdul in her bedroom. Davis would then steal a family victim and would later be arrested in Ohio. Authorities found a note saying he wanted to kill his entire family but figured killing the girl would cause enough damage

Stephen Davis would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to sixty years in prison

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Cops say that on October 3, 2020, the perp’s family noticed the teenager, then 17, missing along with a vehicle from their driveway, and called police. When authorities arrived they found the girl slain in her bed, according to a court press release.

A Maryland teenager has pleaded guilty to murdering his 5-year-old sister by stabbing her to death in 2020, according to Fox Baltimore.

Police said Stephen Jarrod Davis II fatally stabbed his sister, Anaya Jannah Abdul, on October 3, 2020 and then fled, but was later apprehended in Ohio, Fox Baltimore reported.

Davis, now 19, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in the death of a child under 13 and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle in a Maryland court, the Capital Gazette reported. He was charged with all three crimes but pleaded guilty to the murder charge.

Davis will go to trial in April to see if he was criminally responsible for the crime, which is equivalent to an insanity defense.

“Stephen Davis has admitted his guilt in the murder of Anayah, and has elected a trial on the issue of his criminal responsibility for his actions. The NCR trial will take place on April 10, 2023 and the defendant will have the burden of proof in persuading a judge or a jury that at the time of the murder, due to a mental disorder, he lacked substantial capacity to appreciate the criminality of the conduct or conform his conduct to the requirements of the law,” State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said in a press release.

Cops say that on October 3, 2020, Davis’ family noticed the teenager, then 17, missing along with a vehicle from their driveway, and called police. When authorities arrived, they found the girl slain in her bed, according to a court press release.

Court documents, obtained by the Capital Gazette, say cops found a note the teenager had left behind, which read that he hated his family and wanted to kill all of them, but believed “one is enough to cause you enough damage.”

Cell phone records were able to trace Davis in Ohio where he was apprehended later that day, cops said.

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An Anne Arundel County judge on Friday sentenced 20-year-old Stephen Jarrod Davis II, of Pasadena, to Life in prison, with all but 60 years suspended for the 2020 First-Degree Murder of his 5-year-old half-sister, Anaya Jannah Abdul, State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced.

Davis plead guilty to his crimes but pursuant to his Not Criminally Responsible plea, but a jury thereafter determined Davis was criminally responsible for his crimes.

“The defendant took his anger for his family out on the most vulnerable member, his 5-year-old sister, stating that was enough to cause damage,” Leitess said. “Prosecuting a defendant this young for such a violent crime is not easy, but the defendant must be held accountable for his actions.”

During the sentencing hearing, Judge William Mulford said he agreed with the jury’s verdict and that Davis had killed his sister to hurt his family. He agreed the defendant was motivated by hate and anger and that he used his sister to do so. The judge sentenced Davis, who was 17 at the time of the murder, with a recommendation to serve his sentence at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup, which treats youthful offenders.

On the morning of October 3, 2020, Davis’ family noticed the defendant, who was a senior in high school at the time, was missing from their home. Family members called police after noticing a vehicle was also gone. Later, the note written by Davis was found. Shortly after reading the note, and while police

were on scene, a sibling found Anaya in her bed suffering from stab wounds to her neck. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police traced Stephen Davis’ cellphone to Ohio, where state troopers spotted him and attempted to pull him over. Davis attempted to elude police, taking them on a high speed chase for more than five miles with Davis driving over 130 mph. Ultimately, Davis pulled over and was taken into custody. Witnesses testified at trial that he acted normally and followed all instructions.

In October 2022, Stephen Davis entered a guilty plea to First-Degree Murder and opted for a bi-furcated trial on the issue of criminal responsibility, where he had the burden of proof to persuade a jury by a preponderance of the evidence that at the time of the act, and because of a mental disorder, he either couldn’t conform his behavior to the law or couldn’t appreciate the criminality of his actions.

Expert witnesses called by the State and Defense agreed that Davis suffered from some mental health disorders, but disagreed whether they were sufficient to render him Not Criminally Responsible. A jury found Davis had failed to prove he was Not Criminally Responsible.

Assistant State’s Attorney Anastasia Prigge and Assistant State’s Attorney David Russell prosecuted the case on the behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County, with the Honorable William Mulford presiding.

Anne Arundel Teen Sentenced To 60 Years For Murder Of 5-Year-Old Sister

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