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Man held in stepdaughter's killing

Man held in stepdaughter's killing

(Cleveland) - A 59 year old man is being held in the shooting death of his 12 year old stepdaughter and the wounding of the girl's mother, in a home on Clement Avenue on the city's near southeast side.

Police said the attack occurred at 7pm Thursday, when Rufus Gray fired multiple shots from a handgun during a domestic dispute, killing Davia Garth, while critically wounding her mother Sonya Garth.

Neighbors said Sonya had filed for a divorce from Gray, they had been married for several years.

According to police records, Gray pleaded guilty in an voluntary manslaughter case in 1989, and was sentenced to 7-to-25 years in prison. In a 2008 case, he pleaded guilty to domestic violence, and spent less than 3 weeks in jail. Gray also pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge two years ago.

Despite Gray's violent past, neighbor Charles Ntentinue said he appeared to be a very nice man. Ntentinue told Newsradio WTAM 1100 that Gray would actually bring presents to his mother, and seemed to be a kind person.

Another resident, Charles Colvern told WTAM he had no idea there was trouble brewing in the household. He described Davia has a very nice girl, who was friendly, and very intelligent.

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(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM & Cleveland Police)


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