Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 26, 2012

Va. man convicted in double slaying seeks pardon


Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A man convicted in the 2003 slayings of a Crozet woman and her 3-year-old son is seeking a pardon.

Robert Paul Davis is serving a 23-year sentence for the deaths of 41-year-old Nola Annette Charles and William Thomas Charles.

The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/SxmCpJ ) says Davis’ attorney, Steven D. Rosenfield, mailed a petition on Tuesday asking Gov. Bob McDonnell to pardon Davis and free him from prison. The petition claims Davis was pressured into confessing.

Davis was a teenager at the time of the slayings. Prosecutors say he and three other teenagers broke into Charles’ home to rob her.

Davis entered an Alford plea in 2004 to first-degree and second-degree murder. In an Alford plea, a defendant admits there’s enough evidence for a conviction but doesn’t admit guilt.