Fayetteville man charged with murdering Durham woman

From staff reportsJuly 25, 2013 

John Franklin Alexander


— A Fayetteville man has been charged with killing a Durham woman and stealing her car.

John Franklin Alexander, 34, is accused of stabbing Ella Davis in her apartment on Greens Hollow Lane. Police found Davis, 68, on Tuesday morning, but they have not said when they think she was killed.

Alexander was charged Thursday morning with murder, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property. Durham police served the arrest warrants on Alexander at the Harnett County Jail, where he has been held on several other charges since a traffic accident Monday morning, in which police say he was driving Davis’ car.

Durham police say Davis’ death “does not appear to be a random incident,” but they have not said how Alexander and Davis knew each other.

The charges against Alexander related to the accident in Harnett County include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; felony carrying a concealed firearm; two counts of trafficking schedule 1 controlled substances; two counts of resisting a public official; assault on a law enforcement officer; simple possession of schedule 2 controlled substances; driving while impaired and possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

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