Trucker Charged In Kansas City Cold Case Murders, Police Believe There May Be More Victims

A 52-year-old man has been charged with two gruesome cold case murders that have haunted Kansas City for decades.

Christina King [left] and Sameemah Mussawir [right] were identified as victims of the same killer by the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department’s cold case unit.

A 52-year-old man is charged with two 1990’s murders, solving gruesome cold cases that have haunted Kansas City for decades.

Photo by: Kansas City Police Department

Kansas City Police Department

After nearly three decades, two 1990’s Kansas City cold cases have finally been solved. In September 2023, the Wyandotte County District Attorney charged Gary Dion Davis, Sr. with two counts of second-degree murder in the brutal homicides of Pearl Davis, who was also known as Sameemah Mussawir, and Christina King.

Davis, who is now 52, worked as a long-haul truck driver at the time of the murders. KCTV reported that detectives from the Kansas City Cold Cases Unit had recently taken a fresh look at the case and were able to match DNA evidence from both murders to Davis’ DNA profile.

Christina King, a 26-year-old woman, was allegedly beaten to death by Davis on Christmas Day in 1998. Her body was found behind an abandoned building at 27th Street and Sewell Avenue in Kansas City, according to Kansas City Star. Nearly two years earlier, the body of Pearl Davis, who was 46 when she was killed, was found in a vacant house on Lafayette Avenue in northeast Kansas City in November 1996. Both women died by homicide.

Authorities do not believe Davis knew either woman prior to the fatal encounters. Afterwards, he went “on with his life as if nothing happened,” according to Chief Karl Oakman of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, who spoke at a press conference.

Davis had been previously questioned by police when his DNA was initially matched with one of the homicides nearly two decades ago, but authorities were only now able to move forward with charges in both murders.

Davis is currently being held on a $500,000 bond. If he is convicted of either murder, he could face a maximum of life in prison.

The Kansas City Kansas Police Department shared a post on Facebook which revealed that investigators believe that Davis is tied to other unsolved female homicides in Kansas City or beyond. If you have any information on Davis or any possible crimes he committed, the KCKPD asks that you call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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