Michael Davis found not guilty on all charges

August 25, 2016 11:18 PM

TROY -- A man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl was found not guilty on all charges on Thursday.

Michael Davis had been accused of killing his girlfriend's daughter back in February 2015.

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Prosecutors argued the Troy man squeezed little Viola to death. The defense argued that Davis found the girl unresponsive and tried to perform CPR.

Davis' defense attorney, William Roberts, said putting Davis on the stand won the case.

"I think they saw the man that testified," Roberts said. "The truth of who he was, was one of the deciding factors that ultimately released him."

Despite being acquitted, Roberts says emotional hurdles remain for Davis.

"After he recognizes the joy of being set free, he's going to think of that little girl," Roberts said. "And he misses her."

Davis, who used to play professional basketball overseas, says he plans on contacting his agent and will try to resume his basketball career now that the trial is behind him.


WNYT Staff

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