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Wife claims self-defense in torching

By James DeWeese

Aisha Napoleon-Davis, 27, alleges that the night of the attack her husband returned home drunk and demanded that she have sex with him. Napoleon-Davis said she fled into the bathroom of the couple's Curtis Avenue home and poured rubbing alcohol on him when he attacked her.

“He started pulling my skirt, I push him back … he grab my neck choking me, I grab the rubber (sic) alcohol, throw it in his eyes so he can get off me,” said Napoleon-Davis, a home health care worker and mother. “He (kept) coming back so I pull the light out, and I don't remember flicking it.”

Her husband, Clifford Davis, suffered third-degree burns over more than a third of his body in the April 3 attack, according to the criminal complaint filed against Napoleon-Davis.

Napoleon-Davis pleaded not guilty before Queens County Supreme Court Justice William Erlbaum June 23, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Napoleon-Davis faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

In her statement to police, Napoleon-Davis said her husband had been drinking heavily the day of the attack.

“Two time that night he went to the liquor store to buy liquor and beer,” she said. “I'm not sure if he doing drugs. I know he was smoking weed.”

In her written statement, Napoleon-Davis told police she had not intended to hurt Davis.

“I just didn't want him kill me,” she said.

Davis went to bed the night of the attack and did not seek medical treatment until the following morning, police said.

Davis initially said nothing to police and charges were not filed against his wife until almost two weeks after the attack.

“The next day he said he was going to the hospital and not to worry about it, he will handle it,” Napoleon-Davis told police.

Napoleon-Davis told police Davis had been physically abusive since she was 13 but that she always returned to him because he gave her money.

Napoleon-Davis is out on $15,000 bail, and she has been ordered not to approach her husband.

She is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 2.

Reach reporter James DeWeese by e-mail at news@timesledger.com, or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 157.

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