Man accused of killing 79-year-old coworker found guilty, sentenced to life in prison

Man accused of killing 79-year-old coworker found guilty, sentenced to life in prison
David Dover, (l), is accused of killing Arthur lee "Buddy" Davis in 2016. (Source: Davis pic Rowan Detention Center, Davis pic submitted by family)

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man accused of killing his 79-year-old coworker in Rowan County has been found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

On Thursday afternoon, the District Attorney said David Dover was found guilty of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Dover was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

David Dover was initially charged with the murder of his 79-year-old coworker, Arthur Lee “Buddy” Davis of Kannapolis.

Davis’ employer found him dead on the morning of May 10, 2016, on the floor in his mobile home, located on Chris Ann Lane.

Kannapolis police arrested 53-year-old David Myron Dover of Haven Trail in China Grove on May 11, 2016, and charged him with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and driving with a revoked license.

Police say Dover and Davis worked together at a car dealership in Kannapolis.

The arrest warrant for Dover says that he stole cash as well as a silver and gold ring from Davis. The combined value of the cash and ring was $2854.

The warrant for the robbery with a dangerous weapon charge says that "the defendant (Dover) committed this act by means of an assault consisting of having in his possession and threatening the use of a dangerous weapon to wit, a knife, whereby the life of Arthur Lee Davis was threatened and endangered."

According to North Carolina prison records, Dover has a criminal history that dates back to 1979. The history includes a charge of breaking and entering and larceny.

Dover has additional charges from Cleveland, Cabarrus, Rowan, and Iredell counties, including habitual felon, burglary, assault on female, and obtaining property by false pretenses.

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