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DNA reveals new suspect in ‘07 murder

Authorities in Spokane are questioning whether the wrong man was sent to prison for the murder of a porn-shop owner in 2007. A recent DNA match in the case has identified a new suspect. 

Jeramie R. Davis, 37, (left) was recently transferred to the Spokane County Jail the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, where he was serving a 40-year sentence for the fatal baseball bat beating and robbery of 74-year-old John Gordon Allen Jr., owner of Best Buy Adult Bookstore on East Sprague Avenue. 

 In March, DNA found on the baseball bat during the initial investigation came back as a match to Julio J. Davila, 45, (right) after Davila’s DNA was collected for an unrelated felony conviction.

In an interview with police June 27, Davila denied knowing Allen or Davis and said he didn’t know why his DNA would be on the bat.

But on July 5, Spokane police detectives talked to an informant who reported seeing more than a dozen new and sealed pornographic videos that Davila traded with people for drugs around the time of the murder.

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Past coverage:

Feb. 14, 2008: Man guilty in store owner's death

Feb. 6, 2008: Trial begins in adult bookstore murder

June 21, 2007: Sister says suspect in shop killing innocent

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