’48 HOURS’ to revisit Cullen Davis case

Priscilla and Cullen Davis

The Cullen Davis case is back in the news.

CBS’s 48 Hours will tackle the infamous Fort Worth murder case on Saturday, May 13 at 9 p.m. with Murder in the Mansion.

As CBS says in their press release: “It was one of the most notorious cases in Texas history – an ambush in a lavish mansion that left two people wounded and two people dead, one of them a child. To this day, no one has been held accountable.”

The events occurred on the night of August 2, 1976. Former TCU college basketball star Stan Farr and his date, Priscilla Davis, the estranged wife of millionaire Cullen Davis drove up to her home on a hill off Hulen Street. They were attacked by a man dressed in black who began shooting. After it was over, Farr was dead and Pricilla Davis and one of her friends was wounded. Also dead was Andrea Wilborn, Priscilla’s 12-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. She was believed to have been shot earlier.

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“This is a case that involves wealth, that involves sex, that involves vengeance and that involves murder,” says Christy Jack, a former Tarrant County prosecutor turned attorney.

“The DA’s office theory of the crime was that Cullen committed these crimes because of the divorce,” says Jack. “His hatred of Priscilla was so intense that anybody else who stood in the way would just be collateral damage.”

Cullen Davis, then worth an estimated $500 million, hired Richard Haynes, the most famous defense attorney in Texas at the time, who was nicknamed “Racehorse.” Haynes died April 28 after a long and colorful career.

48 HOURS: “Murder in the Mansion” is produced by Chuck Stevenson and Gail Abbott Zimmerman. Lucy Scott and Claire St. Amant are the development producers. Gary Winter, Michelle Harris, Michael McHugh and George Baluzy are the editors. Judy Tygard is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.