Convicted rapist, killer takes stand in evidence hearing



SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A Seminole County man is facing the death penalty after he was convicted of murdering a teenager. WFTV was there when he told the court on Monday a life sentence would be ridiculous.

William Davis III was convicted last month of the 2009 murder of 19-year-old Fabiana Malave after investigators said he kidnapping Malave from the Longwood car dealership where she worked, and then raped and murdered her.

Channel 9's Jeff Deal was in court Monday when Davis took the stand during a hearing to present evidence to the judge before his sentencing.

For the second time in the case, Davis asked for the death penalty. He told the jurors last month he deserved the death penalty.

On Monday, he told the judge if he's allowed to live, it's only a matter of time before he loses control again.

"Quite frankly I think it's rather asinine for anyone in this position to be given the option of life in prison," said Davis.

Davis, instead inferred he deserved the death penalty for what he did to Malave.

During sentencing he said "Give me the death penalty" to the jurors.

The jurors recommended death, but the final decision is now up to the judge.

Davis' attorney tried to avoid a death penalty by attempting to have Davis declared incompetent to stand trial. During his trial, Davis claimed that hallucinations drove him to rape and kill Malave. However, in the end, Davis gave in and requested the death penalty.

Davis reiterated his stance on Monday, but this time would not use the words "death penalty."

"Don't want to come out and say it because last time they threw me in a suicide cell, thought I was nuts," said Davis.

Davis said he worries if he's allowed to live his behavior could escalate again, especially if he stops taking his medication,

"At some point something bad is going to happen. I'm going to go completely off the handle," Davis said.

Also during Monday's hearing, speaking over the phone, his half-brother told the judge about Davis' strict and somewhat abusive upbringing by their father.

But Malave's family said there are no excuses.

"He's a predator. He didn't go after someone who could defend himself or herself, but he went after my sister who weighed 95 pounds," said Malave's sister.

Davis' sentencing is set for Dec. 3.