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Police remove knife, bloodstained clothes from stabbing suspect's apartment

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David Brazy
July 16, 2011
— Janesville police detectives removed a knife, bloodstained clothes and bloody paper towels from the apartment of homicide William A. Davis on Wednesday, according to court documents.

Davis, 53, Janesville, is suspected in the stabbing death of his neighbor, Joseph Hanson, 40.


Police reported the knife they removed from Davisí kitchen drawer appeared to have bloodstains on it, according to the search warrant police executed at Davisí apartment. Police also took swabs of what appeared to be blood from Davisí face, chest, arms and hands at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, according to court records.


Davis is being held on an emergency mental commitment, which means police believe he is a threat to himself or others.


Davis has not been charged in connection to the homicide, but police have said he is a suspect. Davis was taken Thursday to Mendota Mental Health Institute, Madison, for an evaluation.


Davis and Hanson lived next door to each other at 31 S. Main St. in downtown Janesville.



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