Three men charged with murder of philanthropist

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATORS WITH Toronto Police Services charged three men with the murder of philanthropist Glen Davis last month.

Known for his large-scale donations to environmental groups, like the World Wildlife Fund, and amateur sports leagues, Davis, 66, was shot and killed near Mount Pleasant Road and Eglinton Avenue East at approximately 2 p.m. on May 18, 2007.

Police used enhanced video images from security cameras in underground parking garage to create descriptions of the suspects.

Unable to find a motive for the murder, Toronto Police Service issued a $50,000 reward for useful information about the case last February. Just two weeks later, the three men were arrested in connection to the case. Davis was also the victim of an assault in Dec. 2005. Strangely, he also survived a plane crash in Cincinnati, Ohio, that killed 21 people in 1983.

His murder investigation was dubbed Project Cincinnati, Staff Inspector Brian Raybould of the homicide squad said, because of that crash.

At a March 2 news conference, Raybould did not reveal how the men were connected to the victim, except to say that it was “through business and personal relationships.”

“We’re not able at this point — because the case is before the courts now — to elaborate on any motive, potential motive or connections of those involved other than to say that the three accused are certainly involved together,” he said.

All three men were charged with first-degree murder.

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