- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A Hot Springs attorney whose relationship with Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led to McDaniel withdrawing from the race for governor has been charged with manslaughter.

Arrest warrants were issued Monday for Andrea Davis, 36, and her brother, Matthew Davis, in the shooting death of Maxwell Anderson outside Andrea Davis‘ home on Feb. 29, 2012.

Defense attorney Jeff Rosenzweig told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1izGMdA ) that arranged with the special prosecutor appointed in the case, Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady, for both Davises to surrender at an unspecified time this week.

Online jail records didn’t show either defendant as being in custody Wednesday.

Rosenzweig said he hadn’t seen the charging documents, but that he was confident both will be cleared of wrongdoing.

“Any and all charges will be fought vigorously and we expect that both Davises will be fully vindicated,” Rosenzweig said.

Few details of the investigation were available.

Garland County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Hinojosa said only that deputies had warrants for the Davises’ arrests, while Casady declined to discuss the case.

Authorities say Andrea Davis called 911, and that she and her brother were sitting with the body when deputies arrived.

McDaniel, the attorney general who was considered the front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, admitted in December 2012 to an “inappropriate” relationship with Andrea Davis after meeting her in 2010. McDaniel later withdrew from the race for governor.

McDaniel’s admission came after an October 2012 child-custody filing by Davis‘ ex-husband in Garland County Circuit Court that accused Andrea Davis of having an affair with McDaniel.

Last month, the Arkansas Supreme Court suspended Andrea Davis‘ law license, shortly after she was arrested by Garland County sheriff’s deputies and charged with two counts of felony theft of property.

“She hasn’t been found to have done anything wrong,” Rosenweig said.

Rosenzweig said Davis did not contest the suspension of her law license and was focused on reducing several “stressors” that she was dealing with at the time.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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