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Murder exoneree James Davis charged in NYC groping denies any wrongdoing


A homicide exoneree who landed back behind bars this week for allegedly groping a lady and packing an unlawful gun maintained his innocence within the newest case Wednesday.

“I don’t even know who this girl that they’re speaking about is,” James Davis, 39, instructed The Post as he was led into Manhattan Central Booking.

Davis — who spent 17 years in jail for homicide earlier than being exonerated final yr — was arrested Tuesday morning after being accused of grabbing a lady’s buttocks at thirty fourth Street and Lexington Avenue.

Law-enforcement sources stated he was discovered to even have a bootleg, loaded Ruger .380-caliber handgun on him.

He was charged with forcible touching and harassment in connection to the alleged groping, and individually hit with two weapon possession expenses and prison possession of a managed substance, cops stated.

Asked why he allegedly groped the girl on Wednesday morning, Davis denied doing something unsuitable.

“These aren’t even the garments that I had on. She stated any individual in all blue did one thing to her. I had on blue pants with white [polo shirt],” he stated, whereas chained to a few different prisoners being taken to Central Booking.

James Davis was exonerated from jail in 2021 after fatally taking pictures Blake Harper in 2004 in Brooklyn.
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James Davis, is brought out of the Midtown South Precinct in Manhattan, NY on June 15, 2022.

James Davis can also be accused of illegally carrying a loaded Ruger .380-caliber handgun.
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James Davis was seen wearing a blue outfit.
James Davis was seen carrying a blue outfit.
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James Davis claims he doesn’t know the woman he allegedly groped.
James Davis claims he doesn’t know the girl he allegedly groped.
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When requested why he allegedly carried a loaded gun, he replied, “I didn’t.”

Davis, of Brooklyn, was decked out in all blue – a Ralph Lauren T-shirt over a long-sleeved blue T-shirt and black Tommy Hilfiger socks tucked into his blue sweatpants. He additionally wore what gave the impression to be multi-colored Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 sneakers.

Davis was 21 when he was charged with gunning down Blake Harper in 2004 in a beef over a lady throughout a party at a Brooklyn Masonic lodge. He was freed in April 2021 after a court docket overturned his conviction.

ames Davis is brought out of the Midtown South Precinct in Manhattan after his arrest.
James Davis is introduced out of the Midtown South Precinct in Manhattan after his arrest.
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His Legal Aid attorneys had argued {that a} girl who had recognized Davis because the shooter, and who has since died, admitted she solely implicated him as a result of she was in love with him however he was taken, WPIX TV said in a report after his launch final yr.

They additionally argued that their shopper merely bore a resemblance to the precise killer and that his first lawyer didn’t interview different witnesses who might have cleared him within the case.

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