A 25-year-old case is now solved after 61-year-old Dennis Davis was found guilty Friday with the beating death of his ex-girlfriend Natalie Antonetti.
Antonetti died in 1985, 18 days after she was beaten in her South Austin home while her teenage son, Johnny Goudie, slept nearby. She was beaten over the head while she slept. She was 38 years old at the time. The case went cold shortly after.
It was Davis' wife, Rebecca, who police say broke the case. Detectives said she phoned in a tip to APD in 2007 saying Davis told her, "I sinned against God. I sinned against man."
Another ex-girlfriend told police Davis confessed to her that he killed Antonetti.
Police arrested Davis for the murder in 2009.
On Friday, a jury found him guilty after deliberating for four hours. Judge Mike Lynch revoked Davis' bond and deputies lead him out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Antonetti's son, Johnny Goudie, embraced family members and wept tears of joy and the sorrow of losing his mom.
"I miss my mom a lot I've tried to live my life the way I thought she'd be proud," said Goudie. "Justice has been served. I just want to thank the cold case department, especially Detective Tom Walsh for solving this case and helping us all sleep better tonight."
Davis once owned a recording studio in Austin called Studio D. He continued his music career in Nashville, Tennessee and is listed on the credits for albums by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Davis faces up to life in prison. The judge will determine his punishment Monday afternoon.