Davis Pardoned, Released from Prison

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A man who has spent more than 12 years in prison for a Crozet murder is free.

On Monday, Robert Davis walked out of the Coffeewood Correctional Center in Culpeper County where he had been serving time for a double murder conviction.

His attorney, Steve Rosenfield, spent years arguing that he had been forced into confessing to the crime, calling it a miscarriage of justice.

Governor Terry McAuliffe agreed with that argument and pardoned Davis Monday.

Three teens were convicted for the 2003 murders of Nola Charles and her son William, whose bodies were found in their burned home on Cling Lane in Crozet.

Charles was bound to the bed with duct tape and had been stabbed.

Her son died of smoke inhalation.

Siblings Jessica and Rocky Fugett implicated Davis, who was 18 at the time.

Davis confessed after a five-hour interrogation by the Albemarle County Police Department, and legal experts called it a text book false confession.

The Fugetts, who are both still in prison, have filed sworn statements that they lied about Davis' involvement in the crime.

Davis had filed a request for clemency with Governor Bob McDonnell, but his office did not review the file.

In an emailed statement, McAuliffe's press secretary Brian Coy wrote,
"After extensive review, the governor decided the facts of the case merited a conditional pardon."

In addition to questioning the interrogation techniques and citing the new statements by the Fugetts, Coy notes McAuliffe's decision was also influenced by the fact that no physical evidence tied Davis to the scene.

That conditional pardon allowed Davis to be released from prison, but the conviction is still on his record.

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