DNA indicates wrong man serving murder sentence



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The wrong man may be in prison for the 2007 beating death of a man in Spokane, after a recent DNA match identified a new suspect.

The Spokesman-Review newspaper reported that 37-year-old Jeramie R. Davis has been transferred to the Spokane County Jail from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla for the investigation. Davis, who has always maintained his innocence, is serving a 40-year sentence for the fatal baseball bat beating of 74-year-old John Gordon Allen Jr., owner of an adult bookstore.

In March, DNA found on the baseball bat during the initial investigation came back as a match to Julio J. Davila, after Davila’s DNA was collected for an unrelated felony conviction. Davila, who is also in the Spokane County Jail, said he doesn’t know why his DNA would be on the bat.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com