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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
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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myfather15 03/12/13 - 01:57 pm
"Morally should she have

"Morally should she have turned it in, PROBABLY"

I'm beginning to lose faith in humanity even more than I already am. Probably????? Any answer to this question, besides ABSOLUTELY; is completely ridiculous.

O.C.G.A 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.
e law. All I can say is, leave the law to the people who enforce it; this is perfectly covered in the law.

REASONABLE is the key word here. If you believe she made reasonable efforts, then it is YOU who is unreasonable. Going in and asking the manager if anyone had reported a ring missing, IS NOT reasonable. It's a start, but she should have continued to try and find the owner. Law enforcement have the resources to conduct the investigation. Reasonable would include contacting law enforcement, as THOUSANDS of others do.

abowman04 03/12/13 - 04:55 pm
NocNoc your right on the money

What messes her up is that she found the ring brought it into the restaurant and was told that they could keep the ring in case the owner returned and she decided to keep it and turn it in herself. Being a smart educated woman working for the law, if your true intentions were to turn the ring so it could be claimed you would have simply gave it to the restaurant plain and simple. By taking the ring from the restaurant you deprived the owner of a chance to claim their lost property. She has no reasonable excuse for not turning the ring over to the establishment. Her actions showed her true intent, the only reason she turned it in is because she was caught.

myfather15 03/12/13 - 07:35 pm
Yes, she knew that after it

Yes, she knew that after it was reported; someone from the restaurant would mention the lady that found one and she would be tracked down. Same way law enforcement would have tracked down the owner, had she reported it immediately. In this instance, being involved in and having knowledge of the law; is going to hurt her because she knew or SHOULD HAVE KNOWN better. Which is how the law reads. Any reasonable person would KNOW not to keep it in her possession for two weeks before turning it in.

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