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Rally prays for attorney charged with theft of lost diamond ring

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Alexia Davis’ colleagues, friends and defense attorneys joined her family and ministers on the Augusta courthouse steps Saturday to pray for her and to ask that she be released from charges they say are unfair.

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The Rev. Christopher Johnson (left) leads prayer as Alexia Davis (center) stands with her parents, Guy and Mona Davis, who traveled from Mansfield, Texas, for a prayer rally on the John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse steps.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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The Rev. Christopher Johnson (left) leads prayer as Alexia Davis (center) stands with her parents, Guy and Mona Davis, who traveled from Mansfield, Texas, for a prayer rally on the John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse steps.

Davis, an attorney, is accused of theft of lost or mislaid property after finding a diamond ring in a Cracker Barrel parking lot Feb. 7. She kept the ring nearly two weeks, until she learned through the media that the owner had reported it missing.

She immediately returned the ring, said Tanya Jeffords, one of four lawyers defending Davis. Two of the four were in attendance Saturday.

The Revs. Larry Fryer, Wil­liam Harris and Chris­to­pher Johnson organized the rally to pray for her and to ask one question: Why?

“We really want to know why in the world this young lady is in the predicament she’s in,” Johnson said to a small crowd that had gathered.

Jacque Hawk, one of the lawyers defending Davis, said her character is above reproach and that it is absurd to think she knowingly committed theft.

“She works her tail off for people who can’t afford representation any other way, and she gives them quality representation by killing herself,” he said. “She’s the kind of person that has a trial on Monday and if they don’t have clothes to wear to court, she goes by Goodwill and buys clothes for them so they can have a fair day in court.”

Jeffords said the issue is not even Davis’ alleged innocence or guilt. Because there was no appropriation of property, which is required by the statute, then there is no crime, she said.

Jason Hasty, an attorney and adjunct professor of basic criminal law, would not comment on the specifics of Davis’ case because he is not part of the legal team, but he answered general questions about the law.

“The law says if I find it, once I possess it, I own it against all the world except the true owner,” he said.

He said the law states no timeframe for turning an item in to anyone except the rightful owner.

Jeffords said she and the other attorneys representing Davis – Hawk, Charles Lyons and Jack Long – are representing her pro bono because she is a colleague and a friend, and all are concerned that a conviction would unfairly ruin her career.

“We have been on this since the very beginning, and we just plain and simply feel that it’s wrong,” Jeffords said.

She said the district attorney has recused herself from the case and she’s not sure yet who will prosecute.

For most of the rally, Davis stood with her arm intertwined with her mother’s. Once, she turned to wipe tears from Mona Davis’ face.

“I appreciate all of the support that I’ve received from the community,” Davis said after the rally.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/10/13 - 12:21 am
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Guilty looking as sin

so lets go hunt us up an Outspoken Reverend, toss in a bunch character references, showboat everything and broadcast it to the community. Then run a media blitz to sway public opinion to see if enough people shallow it so maybe the certain people will feel justified in dropping the charges. If all else fails make the ring owner look like the bad person for pressing charges.

Every one should remember 1 thing about this made for TV mini series. She never turned the ring into the POLICE, the proper thing to do, until 2 weeks later. Only after the video was release with her mugshot in it.

WHY SO LONG?

just an opinion
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just an opinion 03/10/13 - 12:56 am
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This Rev Chris Johnson is a piece of work,

This is the same Reverend who spoke about how terrible it was for Commissioners to do legitimate work for the city at a FAIR price but that not turning in property ( a $10,000 ring) that is not yours is no big deal. Are we reading out of the same Bible Rev? And isn't she an officer of the court?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/10/13 - 04:01 am
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POINTS? POINTS? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' POINTS!

Um, check out photo #13 - about 9 people in the audience. Not exactly a groundswell of community support!

specsta
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specsta 03/10/13 - 04:12 am
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What Is Wrong With Augusta???

In Augusta, you're a criminal for returning lost property. In other cities, you're a hero worth praising and helping out.

http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/local_news/more-than-172000-raised-for-home...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/10/13 - 06:04 am
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The charge against her made

The charge against her made no sense. She did turn the property in. We learn from this if you find something you better just keep it. I'm thinking the DA's office will drop everything.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 03/10/13 - 06:40 am
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Why?

Because she told the manager at Cracker Barrel she was turning it over to the police. She works each and every day in or around the police station so please spare us the excuse she was "busy". Everyone knows she planned to keep the ring and that is why she still had it.

agustinian
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agustinian 03/10/13 - 07:24 am
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Let Her Go

With all the real crime in Augusta, why are we spending the resources on this case. OK, maybe she should have acted quicker, but that doesn't make her a criminal. No jury is going to find her guilty. Withdraw the charges.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/10/13 - 07:28 am
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Makes no sense

She found something....she didn't steal something....just suppose YOU walk out of a restaurant & find a nickel on the ground...big deal heh....but later you find the value is $20,000 because it is an old unique much wanted nickel of great value....are you guilty ......I could not find her guilty of stealing....

scoobynews
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scoobynews 03/10/13 - 07:41 am
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As a person who is charged

As a person who is charged with upholding the law this is a severe case of poor judgement on her part. Had she just done what she was suppose to do then this would not be in the news. Anyone who has ever lost something valued at the amount that ring was has enough since to know they are going to come looking for it. Is it true that she had the ring appraised? Someone told me they heard she did now if you have time to have a ring appraised then you have time to find the owner. Common sense over greed people! This may not get a conviction which I personally don't think we need to ruin a life over but it will sure make people think next time before they pick up what may be a $20,000 nickel off the ground lol.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/10/13 - 07:59 am
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Scooby

Scooby, you think it would better to leave a valuable on the concrete? She found it in the parking lot and TOOK IT BACK INSIDE to try to find the owner. I wouldn't have left it with a restaurant manager as if he/she were an official either.

Jane18
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Jane18 03/10/13 - 08:17 am
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Sorry Aexia...

Common sense should have told you someone would be looking for and wanting to find their expensive ring, as the one you found. To help you understand it better....what if the ring had been yours and you had lost it?? It's always better to do what is right, even if you don't want to.

Jane18
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Jane18 03/10/13 - 08:24 am
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3 Reverends and 3 Lawyers?

For what reason? I'd say pray that Alexia(and others) have learned something. As for the 3 lawyers, why doesn't she represent herself? My advice to Alexia is, get some clients that can pay, and you can buy your own very beautiful ring.................

scoobynews
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scoobynews 03/10/13 - 08:28 am
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Riverman even some middle

Riverman even some middle schoolers have better sense. We discussed this as part of a lesson on right and wrong during a current events lesson. Here are some of the suggestions:
1. Take it immediately to a law enforcement center.
2. Leave it with the manager and call to check up on the status of the ring. (not the most popular but what are you trying to say that the manager is a crook? Since a manager is not a lawyer then they can't be trusted with such a valuable ring??? Gee look where that got her?)
3. Take the ring with you BUT leave a card (she is a lawyer I am sure she has one) with your info and if anyone comes looking for the ring please give them the card so you can return the ring.

I mean this is not rocket science but a case of what is right and what is wrong. If a middle schooler can figure this out why not an overly educated lawyer??? Duh!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/10/13 - 08:40 am
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Nope!

I wouldn't want her as my lawyer...Period.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/10/13 - 09:18 am
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There is no doubt in my mind

There is no doubt in my mind she fully intended to keep the ring. The only reason it was returned IMO, is because she heard surveillance video was being looked at and she would be found out.

That said, I think she should get a reprimand from the bar at most. She did what a whole lot of other people would, it is just that she is held to higher standards. I wouldn't totally ruin her career over a moment of greed.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/10/13 - 09:24 am
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On this
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case, character or lack thereof is the paramount distinction. If you find anything of value at a venue well travelled, it is incumbent upon you to find ( at least attempt) the owner. Just goes to show how different communities view things.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/10/13 - 10:05 am
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IF I MAY

I AM NOT A LAWYER, BUT SHE IS.

In her position as a public defender, I would hope she has a working knowledge of the O.C.G.A (GA Law). So as a public defender she should have been acquainted with:

O.C.G.A. 16-8-6 - Theft of lost or mislaid property
16-8-6. Theft of lost or mislaid property
A person commits the offense of theft of lost or mislaid property when he comes into control of property that he knows or learns to have been lost or mislaid and appropriates the property to his own use without first taking reasonable measures to restore the property to the owner.

Also see:
O.C.G.A. 16-8-1 Definitions
As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Deprive" means, without justification:
(A) To withhold property of another permanently or temporarily; or
(B) To dispose of the property so as to make it unlikely that the owner will recover it.

Also see:
O.C.G.A. 16-8-2. Theft by taking
A person commits the offense of theft by taking when he unlawfully takes or, being in lawful possession thereof, unlawfully appropriates any property of another with the intention of depriving him of the property, regardless of the manner in which the property is taken or appropriated.

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NOTE:
Earlier AC and Local Media stated she visited Pawn and Jewelry stores to see if the item was of any value.

Sure sounds like she had time to return it, if she had time to check it out and see if it was worth big bucks.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/10/13 - 09:51 am
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Scoobynews and Nocnoc -

Excellent and thoughtful comments. Thanks.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/10/13 - 10:06 am
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I loan Dixieman 1,000 points.

I loan Dixieman 1,000 points.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/10/13 - 10:28 am
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Personally.. I would have
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Personally.. I would have picked the ring up, given the manager of the restaurant my name/number to give to anyone reporting it missing, taken it home and put it somewhere safe. I would have then searched the lost & found ads on the comical and CL and if nothing was there, post my own ad. If no one responded with the correct description- then turn it over to law enforcement. I wouldn't have trusted that ring with the manager or law enforcement right off the bat. I would know MY intentions, but not theirs.

David Parker
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David Parker 03/10/13 - 11:07 am
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O.C.G.A. 16-8-6

The way I read it, when she "learned" that the property was "lost or mislaid" she returned it. The crime is not committed until she learned it was lost and then appropriated anyway. She may have appraised it, but at that point in time there was no confirmed knowledge it was lost. Maybe someone just didn't want it and threw it away on the ground. (Rahiiiight) Nonetheless, it's not about lack of scruples, it's about whether a felony was committed and per the O.C.G.A. 16-8-6 , I can't characterize her actions as theft until she knowingly kept the property after learning it was lost or mislaid.

Her career/character will be damaged to some degree whether there is a conviction or not. Leave it at that and save some time/money.

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 03/10/13 - 12:03 pm
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Lawyers

I say with four attorneys all working pro bono, with Jack Long and Jacque Hawk being two of them that this case will end quickly. That's a powerful team who usually wins.

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 03/10/13 - 12:06 pm
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Conviction

For all of those that are have already tried her, she deserves her day in court and for all the evidence to be heard. You don't know what she was thinking and it doesn't matter what you have judeged. The jury will decide what is right.

Dawgfan62
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Dawgfan62 03/10/13 - 12:24 pm
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David Parker

Are you kidding me? How could a well educated woman that works in the field of law not determine that a diamond ring was lost? Did someone just leave it there because they didn't want it any more? Maybe they purposely dropped it in the parking lot knowing this attorney would find it because she needed the money. I guess it depends on what the "meaning of is, is". Your comments and beliefs represent what is wrong with this country! Knowing right from wrong is a character trait and this attorney's actions clearly reflect her true character. Also, if this had been a Caucasian, Mexican, or other ethnicity person, would these same people be holding a rally for them? May God help us all!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/10/13 - 12:32 pm
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It will be interesting to see

It will be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out. But in the mean time, hey reverend! How about holding a rally for that poor guy in grovetown that shot the BB gun in his backyard?

KSL
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KSL 03/10/13 - 01:09 pm
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Not happening

He was white.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 03/10/13 - 01:55 pm
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Re comment above
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I don't see any white reverends in support of Alexia.....and I'm the one always talking about race.....get real.

KSL
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KSL 03/10/13 - 02:26 pm
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Are you referring to my

Are you referring to my comment? If so, go back and re-read the one above mine and then mine. If you still need interpretation, let me know.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 03/10/13 - 02:56 pm
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More background and previous

More background and previous stories to see the WHOLE picture and not just the Prayer Meeting NEWS story that was likely planned to push or bury the original arrest stories deeper into history or off the search engines.

http://newstimes.augusta.com/latest-news/2013-02-26/attorney-arrested-fo...

http://bloggingaugusta.com/shocking-alexia-davis-assistant-public-defend...

http://mugshots.com/Current-Events/ALEXIA-DAWN-DAVIS.48963741.html

scoobynews
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scoobynews 03/10/13 - 04:02 pm
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Dawgfan

I think David was using sarcasm. :)

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