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Tedor DAVIDO

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape - Abuser
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: May 14, 2000
Date of birth: 1975
Victim profile: His girlfriend, Angelina C. Taylor, 20
Method of murder: Beating
Location: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on January 3, 2002
 
 
 
 
 

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

 

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In 1997, Tedor Davido was arrested by police and FBI agents on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, rape and weapons charges in Ohio.

Davido was convicted of reduced charges of escape and assault from Belmont Correctional Institution in Ohio. He was paroled after serving only two years. He and his girlfriend, Angelina C. Taylor and Angie's 2 year old son returned to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in January 2000.  

Just a few months later, Davido stood accused of beating the 20-year-old woman to death while raping her on May 14, 2000.

Testimony during a preliminary hearing revealed a long history of violence between the unmarried couple. A forensic pathologist testified that Taylor died from massive head injuries and brain hemorrhages consistent with a severe beating.

He also said Angie Taylor had ligature and scratch marks on her neck, and bruises on every part of her body. Ross said medical evidence indicated Angie was raped.

Davido's younger sister testified that the fight between her brother and Angie Taylor was so violent she fled the home and called police, saying "a guy was beating up a girl." When officers arrived, no one answered the door.

Davido testified that he got scared and exited the house via the roof when he heard the police. A lifelong friend of Davido's testified that Davido had come to her home on the morning of the murder and told her he had beaten up Angie because he was mad. The woman said Davido told her Angie was "breathing funny" when he left their home. Davido said her eyes were wide open, but that she could not stand up, she testified.

Police entered the house through a window and found Angie Taylor on a mattress in a 3rd-floor bedroom. She was unconscious and almost nude. 

Medics transported Angie to Lancaster General Hospital where she was treated for brain swelling, which ultimately squeezed her brain steam, shutting off her vital functions. Angie Taylor was declared brain dead 10 hours later and removed from life support on the afternoon of May 14.

Testimony at trial established that Davido told others that he beat Angie on the morning in question and then had sex with her when she wouldn't respond to him. Davido gave incriminating statements to police and to a fellow Lancaster County Prison inmate, confessing to the killing and the rape.

 
 

Death-sentence appeal focuses on gypsy life

By Janet Kelley - LancasterOnline.com

Jun 23, 2009

Convicted killer Tedor Davido told people that when his father and grandfather died "it ruined his life."

Davido was a young teenager and had not been trained in the way of his culture the gypsy life when the two most important men in his life died.

Today, as Davido, now 33, appeals his conviction and death sentence for the murder of a 20-year-old Lancaster woman, an expert explained gypsy culture in America.

Ann Sutherland, who earned her doctorate in social anthropology at Oxford University in England, described for Judge Joseph Madenspacher the various social and cultural aspects of Davido's childhood.

Davido would have been next in line to lead the several-hundred member clan, Sutherland said, but was too young at the time to learn the necessary skills.

"He continues to see himself as a gypsy," Sutherland said, "Even in prison, that's who he is."

Davido's defense attorneys are appealing his case, hoping for something to overturn at least his death sentence. Testimony is expected to continue throughout the week.

The state Attorney General's office is handling the case for the prosecution.

Currently, Davido is one of six Lancaster County men on death row awaiting execution.

Davido was charged with murdering 20-year-old Angelina Taylor on May 2000 in the home they shared on Hager Street in Lancaster City.

Police went to the home after receiving an anonymous phone call that morning of "a guy... beating up a girl."

When they arrived, no one answered the door. Officers went inside and found Taylor, alone and unconscious. She died a short time later.

 
 

Killer blames violent father

Sister testifies in appeal hearing for death-row inmate

By Janet Kelley - LancasterOnline.com

Jun 22, 2009

Gypsy life was difficult for Tedor Davido, his sister told a Lancaster County judge today.

Their family lived out of a van at times and often went hungry.

The 10 children, of which Davido was the oldest, never went to school regularly.

When their father beat them and their mother, as he regularly did, Davido's sister Sandy testified, the children would gather together "and we'd pray to God for our father to die."

Years later, Davido was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering his 20-year-old girlfriend, Angelina Taylor, in May 2000 in Lancaster City.

The testimony was presented today in the first day of what is scheduled to be a week-long appeal hearing on Davido's conviction and death penalty.

Defense attorneys are trying to convince Judge Joseph Madenspacher that something in Davido's past or psyche, or the prosecution of his case, should allow their client to escape execution.

This morning, three defense attorneys who specialize in such cases Andrew Harris, Matthew Lawry and James Mareno surrounded Davido, who was dressed in a brown state prison jumpsuit.

Behind them, the attorneys had stacked about a dozen boxes of files, including information on several psychiatric experts and other witnesses they hope to call this week.

Across the courtroom, Jennifer Anne Buck from the state Attorney General's Office, sat alone, but also with boxes of files, as she represented the prosecution's case.

During his sister's testimony, Davido sat dry-eyed as his sister wept, recalling the brutal and, at times, bizarre, childhood.

Their grandfather was head of the gypsy clan, she testified, and their family traveled around the country, sometimes living out of a van, sometimes in small houses or apartments, sleeping on floors and living on welfare.

"We went through a lot," Ms. Davido said, describing their poverty as well as witnessing their mother's frequent severe beatings at the hand of their father.

Her brother, she said, as the oldest son and third in line to lead the gypsy clan, often tried to intervene and help their mother, Ms. Davido said, for which he, too, was beaten.

In 1988, the family was living in Las Vegas, Ms. Davido said, when their father "went crazy."

Their grandfather and the rest of the gypsy clan, she said, suddenly moved to New York City, abandoning them and leaving them with their obviously ill father.

Believing he was possessed by the devil, he tossed their belongings outside and dug a hole, she said, and ordered her brothers to urinate on family pictures and locks of their hair.

One day, Ms. Davido said, her father ordered them all into a park across the street, forcing them onto their knees to pray for his soul. Holding her infant sister in one arm and a Ninja knife in the other, her father stood over them as he made them pray throughout the night, he said.

Finally, her mother escaped and called the police. Her father was hospitalized and eventually died.

"Teddy tried to support us," she said, taking over the role as head of the household, "but he was 15, and it was too big of a family."

On May 14, 2000, city police went to the Hager Street home Davido and Taylor shared after receiving an anonymous phone call that morning of "a guy ... beating up a girl."

When they arrived, no one answered the door. Officers went inside and found Taylor alone and unconscious. She died a short time later.

During his trial in 2001, Davido repeatedly refused to be represented by court-appointed attorneys James Gratton and Merrill Spahn or cooperate with them in presenting a legal defense. The jury convicted him and sentenced him to death.

One of the arguments used by prosecutors in seeking the death penalty was that Davido had been arrested three years before Taylor's murder for another, unrelated violent crime.

In 1997, the jury was told, Davido was arrested for attempted murder, kidnapping, rape and weapons violations. He served two years in an Ohio prison on a reduced charge of assault and was paroled in 2000.

A short time later, Davido moved to Lancaster to be with his family. Taylor, whom he had met in Ohio, soon joined him here.

Davido, now 33 and one of six Lancaster County men on death row, has repeatedly and unsuccessfully appealed his case in state and federal court.

 
 



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