Kennesaw man found dead in driveway had been shot
by Lindsay Field
April 25, 2013 12:14 AM | 8216 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Police have confirmed that a man found dead in his driveway Monday morning had been shot, but they have released little other information about the crime scene.

The body of Frank William Davidson, 52, was found by a family member in the driveway of his home at 3591 Paul Samuel Road near Kennesaw around 7:45 a.m.

By all accounts, Davidson was well-liked by his neighbors and his co-workers at Lockheed Martin, where he had worked for 33 years.

Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police said detectives aren’t releasing information about where Davidson was shot, how many shots were fired or the type of gun used.

They are still running down leads that could point to a suspect, but so far have come up empty.

“We have interviewed those family members living in the area, as well as canvassed the neighborhood questioning neighbors,” Pierce said. “We have not discounted anybody as being a suspect in this crime, and we’re going to continue this investigation.”

Pierce said police are keeping all possible scenarios on the table.

“We are not eliminating anybody else in the community as a suspect yet,” he said.

Police also executed a search warrant at Davidson’s home Tuesday looking for evidence.

Pierce was asked if the murder of Davidson’s wife 20 years ago could have anything to do with Davidson’s own killing.

A neighbor told the Journal on Monday that she was killed and found in the basement of the home next door to where Davidson’s body was found this week. There was someone arrested and charged in that case.

“We are turning over every stone we can in this investigation,” Pierce said. “And looking into every aspect or dynamic of this homicide and any other previous situations that have occurred.”

Other than this, very little information about the killing or Davidson has been released by police.

Lockheed Martin in Marietta did confirm Davidson’s longtime employment with the company.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Stinn said Davidson was a jig and fixture builder for production operations at Lockheed. He began working there in December 1979 and had more than 33 years with the company, all in Marietta.

Neighbors not afraid

Because of such a strong police presence in the area the last few days and assurance from detectives, neighbors said they haven’t worried too much about a killer being on the loose in their community.

That’s because the police have indicated that this was not a random act of violence, they said.

“When the detectives came by to talk to people, they were telling us that we had nothing to be alarmed about and that it was an isolated incident,” said Jaime Newman, who lives on Paul Samuel Road with husband Carl.

The couple has lived in their home just down from Davidson’s for a little more than two years.

They learned about the incident Monday morning.

“We actually drove by and saw the yellow tape out,” Carl Newman said.

“At first we were worried, because we saw the police, helicopters, dogs, the body and we have two little kids … but the detectives came through our neighborhood and said we didn’t have anything to worry about,” Jaime Newman said.

The Newmans described Davidson as friendly and well-liked by his neighbors.

“He walked his dog every day through here and would talk to all the kids,” Jaime Newman said. “He was just a polite older gentleman.”

Davidson’s parents owned the property where their subdivision stands today.

“I think he was always just curious about what was going on around here,” she said.

Another neighbor, who declined to give her name, said she, too, was questioned by police.

She lives in the cul-de-sac that backs up to Davidson’s property and would see him walking his dog every day around 4:30 p.m.

Police tried to affirm that she didn’t have much to worry about, but that hasn’t prevented her from keeping her garage doors closed.

“I would love for them to make an arrest,” she said.

Another neighbor said he had been trying to find out from police what was going on but has hit dead ends.

“I just want to know what happened,” he said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Cobb Police at (770) 499-3945.

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