Michael Andre Davis – black, age 35
Sentenced to death in Multnomah County, Oregon
By: A jury
Date of Crime: November 2, 1991
Prosecution’s Case/Defense Response: Davis was convicted of killing a man and a stripper in a motel in 1991. Shortly after the killing, some witnesses came forward and told police that Davis had killed the two, but they later retracted their statements apparently because Davis threatened their lives. Six years later, Davis was sentenced to 60 months in prison on a drug charge. While in prison, he confessed to the killings to other inmates. The inmates were contacted by police and stated that Davis admitted to killing the two people because the stripper rejected him and owed him money, and he was jealous of the man. The defense presented an alibi, that Davis was at the Blazer’s game, and that the investigators ignored evidence in the motel room and allowed witnesses to get away.
Sources: The Oregonian (Portland) 10/14/05 (2005 WLNR 16723594), 10/28/05 (17500462), 10/29/05 (2005 WLNR 17535728), AP Alert-Oregon 11/17/05 (available in Westlaw USNEWS file)