William Davis killing: Woman charged with murder
- 6 April 2012
- From the section Birmingham & Black Country
A woman has been charged with the murder of a 92-year-old war veteran in the West Midlands.
William Davis was found with head injuries at his home in Hobley Street, Willenhall, on Sunday evening.
The 35-year-old accused woman is due to appear before magistrates in Wolverhampton on Saturday morning.
West Midlands Police have asked for residents' help to trace clothing, which would be "heavily bloodstained", including a blue puffa-style jacket.
Police said the great-grandfather, who was found collapsed at his home, died as a result of head injuries.
Det Insp Gary Plant said: "We would ask local residents in the Willenhall and Wednesfield areas to look in their rubbish bins, gardens and any hedges to help us find these items of clothing.
"The clothing may be in a bin liner and would be heavily bloodstained. we know at this stage that one item is a blue puffa-style jacket."
Mr Davis' family paid has tribute to him, saying he was a "very proud and independent man".
His son Tom Davis said: "The pain of losing him in such a tragic way will take me and the rest of the family a lifetime to come to terms with.
"My father was a well-respected and likeable man who never did anyone any harm, he loved his family and when my mum died in 2006 he was devastated after 63 years of marriage.
"He also lost my sister in 2008 which broke his heart but he carried on.
"His war record began in the Royal Navy at the very start in 1939 and he was involved in many campaigns such as the Russian convoys, the relief of Malta and the war in the Pacific, fighting the Japanese, for which he was decorated."
Anyone with information which could help the investigation is urged to call police or Crimestoppers.