A man from Stone Mountain was convicted by a Clayton County jury on Tuesday for knowingly exposing a woman to HIV, as reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The court room was full and everyone seemed to be in utter anticipation. Craig Lamar Davis, 43, sat still, awaiting his judicial fate. It would be one he certainly dreaded. The jury found Davis guilty of two counts of the criminal transmission of HIV.
Davis is now facing a maximum of 20 years behind bars. He was immediately taken into custody following the verdict and is expected to be sentenced on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m., according to the site.
This was a unique case for Clayton County. Prosecutors claimed it to be in a class of its own. Prior to going into custody, Davis attempted to console some of his crying family members.
One of the prosecutors in the case, Kathryn Powers, offered her thoughts. “We are pleased with the verdict. . . They [jury] were able to weigh the validity of testimony of people who don’t believe AIDS or HIV exists.” Powers also commended the jury for sending a message to those infected with HIV that says they must not withhold their status from sεxual partners.
The attorney for the woman whose allegations led to the case, James Walker, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said he hoped the verdict “will give others the courage and fortitude to bring these types of individuals to justice.”
After presenting arguments against the validity of HIV testing, defense attorney for Davis, John Turner, is not happy with the jury’s decision, “It’s hard to override 30-plus years of HIV prejudice and hysteria,” he said. “The (Clayton) jury’s decision reflects that. We clearly established reasons to question the results of (HIV testing). We handed them reasonable doubt on a platter but they chose to disregard it.”
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