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An Ohio Woman Went to Pick Up Her Stuff at an Ex's Home. She Was Found Dead in the Trunk of a Car Weeks Later.

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Source: MEGA; Richland County Sheriff's Office

Mar. 13 2024, Published 2:15 p.m. ET

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A woman went to pick up items from her ex-boyfriend’s home and was never seen alive again. It took an all-woman jury about four hours to convict him of murder.

Now, the killer must spend decades behind bars.

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A judge in Ohio sentenced John Mack Jr. to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend, Melinda Davis. He was convicted of 17 charges in connection with the case, including two counts of aggravated murder.

"We're dismayed by the circumstances of this case, but happy with the outcome we've achieved," Richland County Prosecutor Gary Bishop said, according to the Richland Source. "Our hearts continue to go out to Melinda Davis' family.

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"They still have a long road ahead of them and hopefully that healing process can now begin in earnest."

Davis was last seen alive on Feb. 25, 2021, according to the report. She dropped her son off at school and said she was going to Mack’s house to pick up some belongings. The two had dated but were broken up. She was never seen alive again.

That sparked a hunt for both her and Mack.

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Davis' body was found weeks later, on March 14, in the trunk of a car at an apartment complex in Columbus, Ohio, according to the Mansfield News Journal. She died from blunt force trauma, and she also suffered a broken neck.

Mack was then arrested in the case.

Davis’ family members were present for the trial, according to the News Journal. They said they didn’t have a lot of faith in the court system, but they got justice with the convictions.

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"I'm very relieved," Lisa Davis, the victim’s sister, told the News Journal. "It's been very emotional. Even waiting for the verdict to come back, I was on pins and needles.

Paula Littlefield was Davis’ best friend and they were supposed to meet the day she went to Mack’s home, according to the report. David had sent a text telling her that if she couldn’t be reached, something might be wrong.

"It was a long time coming," Littlefield told the newspaper. "We all prayed very hard for this, and we're very thankful."


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