La Mesa


A judge imposed a life sentence Thursday on a man convicted of kidnaping a La Mesa bank customer who later was killed.

Michael Ardis Davis, 22, of San Diego, received the term from San Diego Superior Court Judge Fred Link, who also fined him $500.

Two co-defendants, Christopher Bell, 22, and Tyrone Martin, 21, both of San Diego, await trial on murder, robbery, conspiracy and kidnaping charges.


The case concerns the Oct. 29, 1989, robbery, kidnap and slaying of Douglas Rattray, 34, who was found shot to death at a construction site off Chollas Road and Euclid Avenue.

Bank records show Rattray made two withdrawals from an automatic teller machine shortly before his death. It is believed Rattray sometimes made cash withdrawals before going to work and before dawn.

Davis pleaded guilty to kidnaping for robbery; a murder charge against him was dismissed July 17.

Davis will be eligible for parole in seven years.

The trial for Bell and Martin is scheduled Jan. 6.