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What happened to Michael Severance?

THE 2005 murder of Texas Air Force Sergeant Michael Severance appeared to be solved when police arrested his wife and charged him with the atrocious death.

His wife is currently serving 25 years in prison for allegedly murdering him, but she now says she’s ready to tell her side of the story in her first-ever prison interview ABC 20/20.

Michael Severance (centre) was due to be used for his sixth Middle East tour following his disappearance

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Michael Severance (centre) was due to be used for his sixth Middle East tour following his disappearancePhoto credit: ABC

What happened to Michael Severance?

In 2005, Air Force Sergeant Michael Severance disappeared, leaving both his car and cell phone behind

In conversation with the San Angelo Police Department, his wife, veterinarian Wendi Mae Davidson said she last saw Severance on the morning of January 15, 2005.

She claimed he was drinking heavily due to the pressure of potentially being reinstated.

He had already served five tours in the middle East how he was preparing for his sixth.

When Severance failed to show up for his assignment, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) teamed up with the San Angelo Police Department to conduct an investigation into his whereabouts as a deserter.

Part of that investigation included the confiscation of Davidson’s computers and the fitting of a tracking device to her car in case she helped her husband desert.

Analysis on the computers soon revealed that Davidson had been looking for the phrase “decomposition of a body in water”.

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The tracker on their car prompted police to check a remote ranch about 20 miles outside of the couple’s town.

This is where they finally found Severance’s body, weighed down by car parts, tires and cinder blocks in a pond on a ranch about 20 miles outside of the couple’s town.

Severance’s toxicology report revealed that he had been poisoned with animal tranquilizers and later stabbed 41 times posthumously.

“These were post-mortem incisions to allow for the release of gases that normally accumulate in decomposing bodies,” said Eddie Howard, the then Tom Green County justice of the peace. “Anger hits (stabs or stings) in one place. It’s more localized. These were distributed.”

Davidson was arrested and claimed that although she allegedly disposed of the body, including making the precise cuts and transporting it to the pond, she had nothing to do with his death.

Instead, she claimed she found him already dead at her home.

What charges was Wendi Mae Davidson convicted of?

She was convicted of first-degree murder and two counts of fabricating evidence in October 2006.

She initially faced between the ages of nine and 99.

However, she made a plea deal and pleaded no contest to the charges, reducing her sentence to 25 years in prison.

Wendy Mae Davidson is currently serving 25 years for the murder of her husband

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Wendy Mae Davidson is currently serving 25 years for the murder of her husbandPhoto credit: ABC

Since then she has maintained her innocence.

“What I did was terrible, there is no excuse. I mean, I might have had crazy reasons in my head, but there’s no excuse,” Davidson said in her 20/20 interview with ABC’s Matt Gutman in 2021.

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How can I watch the 20/20 special on this case?

The special will air March 25, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Viewers can also watch the special at Hello or YouTube TV after it aired.

20/20 also includes interviews with Ron Sanders, former first sergeant of the Tom Green County Sheriff, Shawn Palmer, retired Texas Ranger, and Greg McCormick, former Air Force OSI special agent, all of whom worked on the investigation.

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