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Man charged with first-degree murder in deaths of 2 women in Winter Haven

Posted at 1:51 PM, Oct 23, 2019

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — A man in Polk County is facing first-degree murder charges after two women were found dead in a Winter Haven home on Oct. 6.

Winter Haven Police charged Antonio Davis, 35, with two counts of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence on Wednesday.

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Latoya Owens, 42, and Chanel Brown, 23, were found dead inside Owens' home on Avenue V NW by Owens' son, according to an affidavit.

The affidavit says Owens and Brown both suffered multiple gunshot wounds and trauma injuries.

DNA samples taken from the scene, including from Brown's fingernails, were analyzed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and came back as a match for Davis, according to the affidavit.

According to police, Davis and Owens were involved in a relationship for three months. They asked Davis if any of his blood would be found inside the home and he said, "It wouldn't," and, "I never got hurt in my girlfriend's house," according to the affidavit.

Davis was arrested on the night of Oct. 6 for a warrant on an unrelated aggravated assault charge. At that time, police said he was a "person of interest" in the deaths.

Police say the murder charges come after talking to several witnesses and getting the results of the DNA evidence.