A man who was exonerated after being in jail for 32 years on rape and murder charges is now facing charges for a brand new murder.
Andres Davis was released from prison after 32 years when investigators determined that DNA evidence could overturn his conviction. The year after getting out of jail, however, Davis was involved in an argument with Jamal Harmon while attending a party, and now, two years after being released from jail, he’s been formally charged with kidnapping and murder.
Back in 2012, DNA evidence overturned Davis’ conviction for the rape and murder of a three-year-old girl in 1980. At the time, prosecutors said that too much time had passed to warrant a retrial, so Davis was exonerated.
"After 30 years, witnesses are either deceased, missing or no longer credible to testify," said Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz at the time. "Based on the age of the case and the current state of the evidence, we elected to dismiss."
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In October 2013, Davis was at a party when Jamal Harmon and his nephew got into an argument over money, and Davis decided to get his gun, shoot Harmon, and carry the teen’s body to a truck while he was still alive to dump him.
When police found Harmon’s body later that same day in an alley, they discovered that the teen had been shot and stabbed multiple times. Davis allegedly told a friend the very next day about the murder.
Now, Davis is being held without bail and is set to appear in court on July 2.