Judge Won’t Dismiss 10-Year-Old Murder Case

In this Jan. 18, 2017 photo, Chrycynthia Davis, mother of Kharon Davis, poses for a portrait inside the doorway of her home while holding a poster she made for her son during and interview for the Associated Press, in Dothan, Ala. Kharon Davis was 22-years-old when he was arrested on a capitol murder charge in 2007 and booked into the Houston County Jail. Davis has spent nearly a third of his life held without bond in the jail waiting for trial. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A judge is refusing to dismiss murder charges against an Alabama inmate who has been held in jail for a decade without a trial.

Houston County Circuit Judge Kevin Moulton wrote in a Friday order that there is no evidence the state purposely delayed the case against Kharon Davis.

Davis is charged in the 2007 shooting death of Pete Reaves. He has been held in jail for a decade without bail.

His attorneys say the original judge allowed Davis to be represented for four years by an attorney with a conflict of interest because the attorney’s son was the police investigator on the case.

Moulton wrote that Davis knew about the conflict and kept the attorney.

The case goes to trial Sept. 18.

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