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Felony charges dropped in Loretta Davis case

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Salem woman will not be prosecuted for felony charges she has faced since early this year.

During the Nov. 22 session of Fulton Circuit Court, a Motion for Nolle Prosequi was approved by Judge Tim Weaver.

The action means that charges against Loretta Mae Davis are dropped and she will not be prosecuted.

Davis was arrested on Jan. 4, 2011, after investigators found evidence that methamphetamine had been manufactured at the home she shared with her husband, Douglas Dupree Davis. Police also found a large amount of stolen merchandise on the property.

Loretta Davis denied helping her husband make meth, but admitted to purchasing Sudafed and other allergy pills for him to use in the manufacturing process. A number of pills found in Davis' purse were confiscated.

Davis was charged with Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, Meth and the Use or Possession with Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia.

While she was out on bond, Davis became the subject of a second investigation when, on March 24, she was observed tossing a plastic bag out of her car window near the rear entrance to the jail. The bag was retrieved by a trustee who put it in a dumpster when he realized someone had observed him.

The bag was found to contain pipe tobacco, snuff, cigarettes and a cell phone charger, all items that jail inmates are not allowed to possess.

After a surprise search of jail cells, Douglas Davis was found to be in possession of a cell phone, snuff, two lighters and Tylenol.

Because of the contraband articles, Loretta and Douglas Davis were charged with Furnishing, Possessing or Using Prohibited Articles (in a jail).

Loretta Davis fled the county after learning a new arrest warrant had been issued against her. She later returned to the county with an attorney she had hired in Jonesboro, her hometown.

On Nov. 22, Douglas Davis was sentenced to 120-months in the Department of Correction, after pleading guilty to numerous thefts, possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia, being a felon in possession of firearms and possessing prohibited items in jail.

In negotiating his plea agreement, Prosecuting Attorney Dwayne Plumlee apparently accepted Davis' insistence that charges against his wife be dismissed.

The prosecutor's filing indicates the Motion for Nolle Prosequi decision is "in accordance with plea of co-defendant Douglas Davis."



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