Prosecutors dismiss charges against Detroit-area man imprisoned for 7 years in rape case


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DETROIT — Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a Detroit-area man who served nearly seven years in prison for rape and other crimes.

Wayne County prosecutor's office spokeswoman Maria Miller said Friday there was "insufficient evidence to proceed with the case" against Donya Davis.

Davis was released on bond in June after his lawyers said DNA tests excluded him and pointed to another man in a 2006 attack on a woman.

Prosecutors agreed at the time that Davis' convictions should be erased, but another trial still was possible. That is, until the case was dismissed this week.

Davis is represented by Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School's Innocence Project. Director Marla Mitchell-Cichon says the Innocence Project is "grateful this long ordeal has finally ended."

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