Ali Davis appeals triple murder conviction

By Riley Yates (The Morning Call)
February 8, 2010

Convicted triple murderer Ali E. Davis’ appeals have begun.

In legal filings last week, Davis asked Northampton County Judge Stephen Baratta for a new trial in the November 2007 gang shooting deaths in Easton’s West Ward.

Davis, 22, of Freemansburg was convicted last month of first-degree murder and related charges in the city’s bloodiest slayings ever. The jury deadlocked on whether he deserved the death penalty, and he is serving life in prison without parole.

The filing by defense attorney Brian Monahan cited 10 instances where he said the trial court erred in Davis’ case, which included allowing jurors to see autopsy and crime scene photos of the shooting victims, and denying defense attempts to introduce greater details about a pending criminal case against the prosecution’s lead witness.

The filing also asks Baratta to acquit Davis of the murders by throwing out the jury’s verdicts as unproven by the evidence.

Davis, a Bloods member, committed the killings with three others in retaliation for two gang slayings days before in New Jersey, prosecutors said at trial. Davis led the murders, picking up three other men in New Jersey and driving them to the 128 N. 13th St. apartment for the crime, prosecutors said.

First Deputy District Attorney Terence Houck said he has “never” had a first-degree murder conviction that wasn’t appealed: “It’s automatic.”

Davis’ claims are “baseless, just like everything else he’s tried to do at this point,” Houck said.

If Davis’ requests are denied by Baratta, the next step would be an appeal to Superior Court.

Davis is also accused of a fourth shooting death in May 2007 on Easton’s South Side. He is charged with gunning down a New York man near the Delaware Terrace housing development. A trial in that capital case is expected this spring.

A co-defendant in the triple murder case — Lewis A. Gray, 33, of East Orange, N.J. — also faces capital murder charges, with a May trial scheduled. The two other men were named in court as Olayiwola Hollist and Demar Edwards, but they have not been charged.

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