Alabama inmate in jail for ten YEARS with no trial

Houston County Circuit Judge Kevin Moulton wrote in a Friday 22-page order that there is no evidence the state purposely delayed the case against Kharon Davis who has been in jail for a decade

Houston County Circuit Judge Kevin Moulton wrote in a Friday 22-page order that there is no evidence the state purposely delayed the case against Kharon Davis who has been in jail for a decade

Houston County Circuit Judge Kevin Moulton wrote in a Friday 22-page order that there is no evidence the state purposely delayed the case against Kharon Davis who has been in jail for a decade

 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 22-page order that there is no evidence the state purposely delayed the case against Kharon Davis.

Davis has been held in jail for a decade without bail since June 9th, 2007. He is charged with the robbery/killing of Pete Reaves at Reaves’ Rolling Hills apartment on June 6, 2007 along with two other men.

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.

Davis’ attorney, Thomas Goggans, argued in a hearing on June 6th that his client was first represented by attorney Ben Meredith, who had a conflict of interest when it was found that his own son, policeman Frank, was on the stands for the prosecution in a preliminary hearing in July 2007. 

He is charged with the robbery/killing of Pete Reaves at Reaves' Rolling Hills apartment on June 6, 2007 along with two other men

He is charged with the robbery/killing of Pete Reaves at Reaves' Rolling Hills apartment on June 6, 2007 along with two other men

He is charged with the robbery/killing of Pete Reaves at Reaves’ Rolling Hills apartment on June 6, 2007 along with two other men

'No evidence indicates that the potential conflict of interest of Mr. Meredith in any way contributed to the delay complained of by the defendant,' Moulton wrote in his Friday ruling

'No evidence indicates that the potential conflict of interest of Mr. Meredith in any way contributed to the delay complained of by the defendant,' Moulton wrote in his Friday ruling

‘No evidence indicates that the potential conflict of interest of Mr. Meredith in any way contributed to the delay complained of by the defendant,’ Moulton wrote in his Friday ruling

But the potential conflict was recognized on the record until 2011, soon after Moulton took over the case. It was mentioned, however, that Davis was made aware of this relationship and continued with Meredith representing him. 

Davis' attorney, Thomas Goggans, argued in a  that his client was first represented by attorney Ben Meredith, who had a conflict of interest when it was found that his own son, policeman Frank, was on the stands for the prosecution in a preliminary hearing in July 2007

Davis' attorney, Thomas Goggans, argued in a  that his client was first represented by attorney Ben Meredith, who had a conflict of interest when it was found that his own son, policeman Frank, was on the stands for the prosecution in a preliminary hearing in July 2007

Davis’ attorney, Thomas Goggans, argued in a that his client was first represented by attorney Ben Meredith, who had a conflict of interest when it was found that his own son, policeman Frank, was on the stands for the prosecution in a preliminary hearing in July 2007

‘No evidence indicates that the potential conflict of interest of Mr. Meredith in any way contributed to the delay complained of by the defendant,’ Moulton wrote in his Friday ruling. 

‘In fact, the defendant waived the potential conflict of interest which this Court, in its discretion, declined to accept.

‘The defendant waived the potential conflict of interest that he now relies on in support of his motion for dismissal.

‘To find that the potential conflict of interest is the reason for the delay would defy the evidence and logic under the circumstances.”   

Judge Moulton also felt that the prosecution wasn’t delaying the trial but was informed that a motion for a speedy trial may be a possibly.

The case goes to trial Sept. 18. 

 


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