Man released after DNA proves he was wrongfully convicted of rape

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A man, in jail for seven years on a rape charge gets his first taste of freedom – released just moments ago after he was granted a new trial.

This after new DNA evidence put his conviction in doubt.

There were screams and tears of joy as this man hugged his family for the first time in years. An emotional reunion with family as Donya Davis was released late today.

So what’s the last seven years been like?


What are you looking forward to the most?

"I got it."

He was referring to his two daughters by his side.  Davis was sentenced to 67 years in prison for the rape of a Detroit woman.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office granted a request for a new trial after the Thomas Cooley Law School Innocence Project sought DNA testing under Michigan’s post-conviction law.

They say testing identified sperm samples on the victim that were never tested by the Detroit Crime Lab. The results didn’t match Davis.

“I missed graduations, birthdays, everything period,” Davis says. “Something ill never get back.”

Now even in light of this, prosecutors have not moved to dismiss charges.

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