Cobb Police Sergeant Dana Pierce said Davidson’s death indicates “foul play,” although detectives have declined to say more at this point in the investigation.
Officers were dispatched to the one-story brick home at 3591 Paul Samuel Road at 7:45 a.m. Monday.
Investigators spent Monday combing over the west Cobb property, which is not far from the upscale Marietta Country Club. At one point they hauled away a car, covering the vehicle’s windows with a tarp.
Rick Champion of Acworth rents out a house down the street from where Davidson was found.
He said Davidson, whom he calls “Frankie,” has lived in the house for as long has he can remember.
“He’s been there all of his life, I think,” Champion said.
Champion said the brick house at 3591 is owned by Davidson’s mother, and that Davidson owns the house next door at 3597, which he rented out.
“His wife called me about a month or a month and a half ago and was asking me about renting for some family members of hers about renting my house,” Champion said. “And she said that they had moved into the mother’s house and they had his house rented out.”
Champion said last he heard, Davidson worked for Lockheed, although he hadn’t spoken to him in years.
He said he was surprised to hear of the death.
“It’s a real nice area,” Champion said. “The only thing I’ve ever known of that’s happened has happened in one of those two houses. I’ve never heard of anything else.”
Champion said years ago Davidson’s former wife was killed in the 3597 house.
“She was slain, but they caught the guy that was doing that,” he said. “I don’t know what happened, but they found her in the basement of the house. There was a guy charged for it, though.”
Champion said he has no idea how Davidson ended up dead.
“He was real easy to get along with. I don’t know,” he said.
A search of court records reveals that in 2004, John Phillip Gingrey filed a complaint for damages in Cobb Superior Court against Davidson for allegedly crashing his 1985 Ford pickup truck into Gingrey’s vehicle on Tower Road near the intersection of Roselane Street. The complaint alleges that Davidson was under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended/revoked license when he collided with Gingrey’s vehicle.
A few doors down from the house is The Preserve at Creekside, where homes are advertised in the $300,000s.
Resident Mark Williams, who has lived in the subdivision for the last four and a half years with his wife, said he was showering Monday morning when his wife told him she heard sirens going off down the road.
“We didn’t go check it,” he said. “That would have been 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., somewhere through there. So we went out to lunch right at noon, and that’s when we saw all the police cars. Don’t know what happened. We didn’t hear any gunfire or any tires screeching. Any noise of any kind. We were here last night.”
Williams described the area as “very quite, peaceful, no issues. Never had any trouble in the area. Two doors down from me we’ve got a city of Kennesaw police officer who lives here. Very safe.”
That a suspicious death occurred just down the road from him, he said, is “very disturbing, extremely surprising and very disturbing. This part of Cobb County is safe anyway. We’re near Kennesaw, which is safe. Honestly, Kennesaw’s got the pro gun laws, which people tend to stay away if there’s any trouble as opposed to being in, and it’s shocking if there’s really a murder there.”
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 770-499-3945.