NWGA Scanner | November 15th, 2022

Man charged with felony murder after brutally stabbing BYU-Idaho graduate to death in Rome

Family and friends are mourning the brutal killing of a new BYU-Idaho graduate and former missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, remembering him for his wit, potential, talents and what one friend called radical kindness. Aaron William Davis, 21, of Cumming, Georgia, was stabbed approximately 20 times, According to Floyd County Deputy Coroner Chris Giles. His body was found buried under a few inches of dirt beneath a fallen oak tree in a remote area of Rome, Georgia, on Saturday, Giles said.

“Most of you have heard by now that our son Aaron was savagely taken from us,” his father, Randy Davis, wrote on Facebook.

From the Rome Police Department: “Preliminary information indicates on November 12, 2022, at approximately 10:41 Rome Police discovered a vehicle abandoned in a ditch behind the levee at Heritage Park. Officers were not able to locate the driver and conducted a follow-up with the family. The family reported that Mr. Davis, was overdue in meeting friends in Alabama. Officers began conducting a missing person investigation. Signs of foul play were discovered at the location Mr. Davis was last known to have been. As the investigation continued and leads were followed, the deceased body of Mr. Davis was discovered off Tumlin Drive. He was positively identified at the scene by his college identification. The exact cause of death will be determined at the GBI Crime Lab with the pending autopsy.

Criminal Investigators arrived and collected crime scene evidence. Witnesses on the scene were
cooperative with investigators and provided information that led them to identify the suspect. Mr. Risner turned himself in without incident. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Investigator Chris Ridling at the Rome Police Department at 706.238.5111 or 706.238.5118″