The following is a press release from State Attorney Amira Fox.
OFFICE OF THE STATE ATTORNEY TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FLORIDA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIRST DEGREE MURDER INDICTMENT
Punta Gorda (August 3, 2022) – Today State Attorney Amira Fox convened the Charlotte County Grand Jury, and they have returned an indictment on one count of First Degree Murder, against Roland T. Davis Sr. for the 1990 murder of Sharon Marie Gill.
The 42-year-old victim was murdered in her Charlotte County home on or about March 21, 1990. She had been stabbed 39 times. The defendant had been hired by the victim to do some landscaping.
“I want to thank Ms. Gill’s daughter for her patience and understanding, along with the victim’s other family and friends, as the necessary work was completed to put together the evidence. I hope this indictment brings you all some sense of peace and some closure,” said State Attorney Fox.
The State Attorney’s Office Cold Case Homicide Unit in partnership with Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell and his Cold Case Unit, have worked tirelessly on this case. New developments in DNA technology along with the work of prosecutors, investigators, and detectives, helped move the case forward towards prosecution.
Davis is currently incarcerated in Ohio, on death row, for the murder of an 86-year-old woman in that state, in 2000. He was officially named a suspect in Ms. Gill’s murder, in November 2020.
A capias warrant will now be issued for the defendant. It will be served with the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Ohio and he will be extradited back to Florida.
Whether it’s 32 minutes or 32 years, if you commit a violent crime in Charlotte County, we’re going to find you and hold you accountable. I want to thank my Cold Case team, who worked tirelessly to find our suspect and finally bring closure to the family of the victim.Sheriff Bill Prummell