- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A man who is serving a life sentence for the May 2006 killing of an 8-year-old Woonsocket girl will get another day in court.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1HFq3We ) the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Joshua Davis has been granted an evidentiary hearing in the appeal of his conviction.

Authorities say Davis pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting Savannah Smith, who was his neighbor at the time. They say Davis then strangled her and dumped her body in Cranston. He was sentenced in June 2008.

Davis filed an appeal in 2010, but his court-appointed attorney withdrew from the case. The court’s Thursday ruling found that he had not received an evidentiary hearing, which a 2012 decision now requires.

It’s not clear when the hearing will be held.


Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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