News 06.24.14

DNA Testing Reveals Michigan Man’s Innocence

Almost seven years after a Michigan man was convicted of a 2006 rape, postconviction DNA testing has revealed his innocence. Donya Davis was found guilty of raping a Detroit woman in 2007 and sentenced to 67 years in prison, despite testing conducted before his trial that excluded him. He was convicted based largely on the victim’s identification.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Davis, 36, was released from the Wayne County Jail Friday after Wayne County Circuit Judge Ulysses Boykin granted him a new trial and set bail at 10% of $75,000. 
Last year, Davis’ attorneys at the

Thomas M. Cooley Innocence Project

sought DNA testing and those results excluded him as the source of DNA and pointed to another perpetrator. Even with the new results, the Wayne County Prosecutor has not moved to dismiss the charges.
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