WMU-Cooley’s Innocence Project seeks to exonerate people who have been wrongfully convicted of serious crimes. The exoneration of Donya Davis announced today is the project’s third exoneration.
Congratulations to Professor Marla Mitchell-Cichon and her WMU-Cooley Innocence Project team of students and alumni on their great efforts to obtain freedom for Donya Davis, a young man who was convicted in Wayne County, Michigan Circuit Court and imprisoned for seven years for a crime he did not commit.
Not only did the team use DNA evidence to obtain an order setting aside the conviction earlier this year, they more recently convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the charges altogether. The case is over. Donya Davis is now free.
This exoneration, the third for the WMU-Cooley Innocence Project team, demonstrates how legal expertise and hard work can combine to provide liberty and justice for the oppressed, all while giving our students the clinical experience of a lifetime. The WMU-Cooley community is proud of Professor Mitchell-Cichon and her Innocent Project students and alumni for their outstanding efforts to free this innocent man.