Kansas City Police have charged 52-year-old Gary Dion Davis with two counts of second-degree murder, cracking cold cases that have lingered for nearly three decades. Davis was arrested following a DNA match, according to Police Chief Karl Oakman and Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree. Held on a $500,000 bond, Davis is accused of killing 26-year-old Christina King and Pearl Barnes in the 1990s. King was found beaten to death behind an abandoned building on Christmas Day 1996, while Barnes was fatally stabbed a month earlier.
Davis, a long-haul truck driver during the time of the murders, has yet to secure legal representation. Police are investigating whether he knew the victims or is linked to other unsolved crimes. The Kansas City Kansas Police Department’s cold case unit, operational since January 2022, is credited with the arrest. Chief Oakman noted that the unit has already identified suspects in 11 other homicide cases. “We’re gonna eventually get you,” he warned potential suspects at large.
Additionally, authorities announced the resolution of two other unrelated cold cases. In May, a 66-year-old inmate, already convicted for a 1998 murder and now in hospice care, confessed to killing 16-year-old Dion Estell in 1997. He expressed a wish to provide closure for Estell’s family.
In another case dating back to November 1976, DNA evidence helped identify the mother of an hours-old baby girl found dead in a dumpster. The woman, who was not named, claimed her grandmother took the baby away after birth. Authorities identified the now-deceased grandmother as the primary suspect.