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Unrelenting effort wins man his freedom

A man who spent nearly six years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit had one request Thursday after a judge set him free: a double cheeseburger from Zip’s. Jeramie R. Davis, 42, also looked forward to bonding with his 5-year-old son, Elijah, who was born shortly after his arrest in 2007.

Convict freed after murder case crumbles

A man who spent nearly six years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit had one thing on his mind today after a judge set him free: a double cheeseburger from Zips.

Prosecutor intends to try man again on murder charge

A man who had his first-degree murder conviction erased earlier this summer will remain in jail unless he can come up with a portion of his $500,000 bond that a judge handed down Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt in July ordered a new trial for Jeramie R. Davis, who had been sentenced in 2008 to 40 years in prison for the bludgeoning death of a 74-year-old adult-bookstore owner. Davis admitted to stealing pornography and sex toys from the store but denies killing John G. “Jack” Allen, saying the owner was dead when he got there.

DNA provides new evidence in case of bookstore owner’s violent death

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, 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.

DNA evidence in 2007 murder points to another man

Water cascades from the roof in heavy droplets inside the abandoned brick-and-glass building on Sprague Avenue where an adult bookstore owner was bludgeoned to death nearly five years ago. Just as the building crumbles, cracks also have begun forming in the case against the admitted thief who was sent to prison for the brutal murder of 74-year-old John G. “Jack” Allen Jr.

Prosecutor testimony sought

The argument used in a 2008 trial to convince a jury to convict Jeramie R. Davis of murder has become a legal fight of its own. The defense attorney for a second suspect is seeking to call the prosecutor as a witness in the upcoming trial.

Inmate hopes for freedom, new relationship with son

A man who has spent more than three years in prison for a murder he maintains he didn’t commit suddenly has hope he might be released and reunited with his son. Jeramie R. Davis, 37, is serving a 40-year sentence for first-degree murder and second-degree burglary in connection with the June 17, 2007, bludgeoning death of a 74-year-old porn shop owner, John Gordon Allen Jr. Now, forensic evidence has led to the arrest of another suspect in the case, Julio R. Davila, 45.

Man guilty in store owner’s death

Jeramie Davis showed no emotion Wednesday as a jury declared him guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of 74-year-old John G. "Jack" Allen. Allen's family held their elation until Davis left the courtroom, then hugged the Spokane County prosecutor and police detectives involved in the case.

Trial begins in adult bookstore slaying

A Spokane County Superior Court jury heard two very different versions of what happened June 17 when the elderly owner of an adult bookstore was bludgeoned and robbed on East Sprague Avenue. Jeramie Davis, 37, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of 74-year-old John G. "Jack" Allen in one of the two bookstores Allen owned in Spokane. Davis is also charged with robbery and trafficking in stolen property.

Sister says suspect in shop killing innocent

The man accused of killing 74-year-old John G. "Jack" Allen is being held in Spokane County Jail on $1 million bond. But 36-year-old Jeramie Davis is innocent, his sister said Wednesday.

Homicide witness becomes suspect

As 74-year-old John G. "Jack" Allen lay bleeding from head wounds for nearly four hours Sunday night, the man police suspect killed him rifled through pornographic videos and erotic toys he wanted to steal from the adult book store, authorities said Tuesday. At one point, 36-year-old Jeramie R. Davis left the business and returned with a friend to help with the haul, said Spokane police Sgt. Joe Peterson.

Store owner dies after beating

John G. "Jack" Allen had operated laundries and taverns. Running an adult bookstore on East Sprague Avenue might sound unseemly, but it wasn't all that different, he told family.