- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Prosecutors have agreed to drop a manslaughter charge as part of a plea deal with a central Arkansas lawyer whose relationship with former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led him to withdraw from the race for governor.

Court records show that Andrea Davis of Hot Springs instead has pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a communication device in Garland County Circuit Court, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1GEfnES ) reported. She has been sentenced to six years of probation, a $1,500 fine and 80 hours of community service.

Davis had faced the manslaughter charge in the 2012 fatal shooting of 34-year-old Maxwell Anderson that authorities described as a drug deal gone bad.

Arrest affidavits say Anderson had agreed to provide Davis and her brother, Matthew Davis, with around $1,200 worth of methamphetamine.

Anderson was fatally shot Feb. 29, 2012, by Matthew Davis, who recently has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. Authorities say Andrea Davis had called 911 and that she and her brother were sitting with Anderson’s body at her home when deputies arrived.

McDaniel, who was considered a frontrunner in the Democratic nomination for governor, admitted to having a relationship with Davis outside of his marriage after meeting her in 2010. His admission followed a 2012 child-custody filing by Davis’ ex-husband that accused her of having an affair with McDaniel.

The Arkansas Supreme Court suspended Davis’ law license shortly after she was arrested by Garland County sheriff’s deputies.


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

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