- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A Hot Springs lawyer whose relationship with Arkansas’ attorney general led him to end his gubernatorial bid pleaded not guilty to manslaughter Friday in a man’s death that authorities say was the result of a drug deal gone bad.

Andrea Davis, 36, and her brother Matthew Davis, 32, each appeared by video in Garland County District Court and pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in the Feb. 29, 2012, shooting death of Maxwell Anderson, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1myjXuC ).

The judge set Andrea Davis’ bail at $75,000, which includes other unrelated charges for burglary and theft, and Matthew Davis’ at $25,000.

Andrea Davis was also sentenced to 15 days in jail and $2,000 in fines on five previous contempt of court convictions. Those sentences were from her absence in court on the day last year when Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he had an inappropriate relationship with her. McDaniel later dropped out of the race following the announcement.

Andrea Davis’ attorney, Jeff Rosenzweig, said she would immediately appeal that ruling.

Police say Anderson’s death “was the result of a drug transaction gone bad,” according to the newspaper. Arrest affidavits show Anderson had told the Davises he would provide $1,200 worth of methamphetamine to them.

After the hearing, the defendants’ attorneys said they were confident that the Davises would be found innocent. They said they expected both defendants to post bail and to be released later Friday.

The attorney general’s office has no original jurisdiction in local prosecutions, a spokesman said Friday.

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