Judy Royal form the Centre on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, who represents Davis said, “Mr. Davis served 32 years in prison for a rape and murder he didn't commit. Tamms is a difficult place to do time. He's hoping to rebuild his life, with the support of his family.” The State Attorney Julia Rietz, who decided not to pursue the matter, said that she did not doubt the result of the DNA tests but decided against retry as it was difficult to take a 32-year-old case to the court. All the evidence was either deceased or not credible to testify for the matter.
She also said that Davies was twice convicted by the juries after the first was dismissed due to a mistake made by a bailiff. When the accused was arrested, he was just 19 years old and was visiting his father in Rantoul. He was arrested shortly after the girl was found naked and among bed clothes in the utility room, almost dead. Davis was drinking in the home where the girl died, with two brothers. The two brothers left Davis with the girl. Briana's stepfather, Rand Spragg, said he left the girl playing in the family's front yard and last saw her last sitting under a tree. In the the year 1980, DNA test was not available and it was in 2004 when Davis requested for a DNA test. According to the test, the semen found at the crime place was not that of Davis. Hopefully, truth has prevailed for the man and as for the little girl's family, closure is yet to come.
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