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Second trial begains for same murder

Jeramie R. Davis continues to serve a nearly 40-year sentence for murder despite DNA evidence that raises questions about his guilt on the charge.
Jeramie R. Davis continues to serve a nearly 40-year sentence for murder despite DNA evidence that raises questions about his guilt on the charge.

From the visitation room at the Spokane County Jail in July 2011, Jeramie R. Davis talks about the recent break in his case where DNA on a murder weapon was matched to a different man. (SRPhoto)

A first-degree murder trial began Tuesday in the 2007 bludgeoning death of an adult-bookstore owner, even though another man already was convicted for that crime.

 The man on trial now, Julio J. Davila, 46, (pictured right) became a suspect last year after DNA evidence was re-run on the murder weapon. Davila’s name came back as a match in a computer database of convicted felons.

No witnesses can put Davila at the scene, however, and the man previously convicted of killing 74-year-old John G. “Jack” Allen told authorities he didn’t know Davila.

Jeramie R. Davis, 41, remains in jail after having served more than four years of a 40-year prison sentence from his murder and property crime convictions.

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Past coverage:

March 11: DNA evidence in 2007 murder points to new man

Aug. 5: New suspect charged in porn shop owner's murder

July 28: Convicted killer hopes for freedom

July 26: DNA reveals new suspect in 2007 slaying




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Thomas Clouse
Thomas Clouse joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is an investigative reporter for the City Desk and covers federal, state and local courts.

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