The trial of a Harlem man accused of beating and choking his grandmother to death because she would not give him $175 began on Thursday.
Larry Davis is accused of killing his 76-year-old relative, Cora Davis, stuffing her body into a closet and then having sex with a prostitute in the same apartment.
Prior to the alleged murder, Larry apparently stole Cora’s mink coat and then tried to sell it back to her for $750. A Manhattan judge who was handling the misdemeanor larceny case ordered that Larry stop harassing Cora. He issued an order of protection that was still in place when Cora was killed.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos said Cora suffered a broken neck and at least eight bruises on her skull during the March 2011 attack, The New York Daily News reported.
Larry’s defense attorney, Bryan Konoski, suggested that Cora’s heart condition could have been a factor in her death.