Sentencing for man who admitted murdering step-daughter postpone - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Sentencing for man who admitted murdering step-daughter postponed

Rufus Gray (Source: Cleveland Police) Rufus Gray (Source: Cleveland Police)
Davia Garth was allegedly shot to death by Rufus Gray. (Source: Facebook) Davia Garth was allegedly shot to death by Rufus Gray. (Source: Facebook)
Sonya Garth feels like Gray is abusing her all over again. (Source: WOIO) Sonya Garth feels like Gray is abusing her all over again. (Source: WOIO)

A father who pleaded guilty to murdering his 12-year-old step-daughter was scheduled to learn his fate on Tuesday, but did not appear in court.

About an hour and a half past his set court time, it was announced that the sentencing was rescheduled for Wednesday morning. A prosecutor says Rufus Gray, who pleaded guilty in Davia Garth's death on Monday, was trying to change his plea.

"It's like he's abusing me again, like he did before. It was like he wanted to torture me. Haven't I been through enough? We know you did it. Admit it. But he just wanna keep hanging on, you know? Let my baby rest," said Sonya Garth, Davia's mother. 

Davia was shot to death in her Clement Avenue home on Oct. 30, 2014 when Gray broken into the home and allegedly began shooting. Davia's mother, Sonya, was also shot, but survived. Gray is also accused of assaulting two other victims who were in the home at the time: a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy. 

Sonya Garth had filed for divorce in April 2014 and Gray had just been released on probation on Oct. 25, 2014, after serving time on a domestic violence conviction against her.

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