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Double murder charges get reversed

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

BROOKS COUNTY, GA (WALB) - The State Supreme Court has overturned a south Georgia man's double murder conviction.  

In 2004, a Brooks County jury convicted Freddie Lee Davis of murdering his sister, Bernice Thomas, and her boyfriend, James Newsome. Prosecutors said Davis beat both victims to death with a heavy object and stole Newsome's recent lottery winnings.

The justices ruled that the jury was not instructed on the guidelines for a conviction based on circumstantial evidence and that the evidence against Davis was not strong enough to prove his guilt.

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