Andre Davis Guilty
November 24, 2011 by staff
Andre Davis Guilty, A Hamilton County Jury has found Andre Davis, 29, guilty on 14 out of 15 counts of felonious assault. Davis was accused of having sex with 12 women while knowing he was HIV positive.
During the trial, several women who had claimed to have had sex with Davis took the stand to testify about their relationship. Each woman denied ever being told by Davis that he had tested positive for HIV prior to engaging in a sex act.
Davis’ attorney Greg Cohen admitted in court that Davis did not disclose his HIV status prior to engaging in sexual conduct. Instead he focused on working to prove the prosecution had not met their burden of proof.
Following the verdict, Davis had no comment. His attorney, however, spoke to FOX19 outside of the courtroom.
“I think [Davis] was ready for it,” defense attorney Greg Cohen said. “We’ve had months to talk about this. Again, it’s the strict liability aspect of this statute which does not allow you to firm up defenses, it does not allow you to argue no harm.”
“We are going to be seeking a sentence that keeps him out of civilized society for as long as possible,” prosecuting attorney Amy Tranter said. “It’s my position that if he doesn’t get a prison sentence, and a lengthy prison sentence, he’s going to keep doing this.”
When asked about the one “not guilty” verdict, Tranter says it may have been a concern surrounding the timeframe. She says that particular count referenced an incident that took place not long after Davis was said to have found out his HIV status which jurors may have taken into account.
Davis is scheduled for sentencing December 21st. Bond has been revoked until the sentencing hearing.
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