• Jury to decide fate of man accused of knowingly infecting women with HIV

    By: Tom Jones


    CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A jury has the case of a man accused of having sex with a woman and not disclosing that he is HIV positive.

    Craig Davis faces two counts of HIV-reckless conduct. During the closing arguments former NBA star Magic Johnson's name came up.

    Davis' attorneys claim he doesn't have HIV, and they say there's no accurate test that detects the virus.

    Clayton County Assistant District Attorney Katie Powers had a sarcastic reply to that comment.

    "Somebody should call Magic. Let him know today. Jan. 17. Ring him up. Mr. Millionaire I have got something to tell you. You have been misdiagnosed," Powers said.

    Davis' attorneys say he was misdiagnosed with the virus because he was on crack when he was initially treated by doctors.

    "That street drug use -- particularly crack cocaine -- can result in pneumonia, thrush, fever and weight loss," attorney Baron Coleman said.

    Prosecutors wondered why Davis takes anti-viral medication and is being treated for HIV if he doesn't have the virus.

    "That player right there didn't even tell her that he's got HIV," Chief Clayton County Assistant District Attorney Erman Tanjuatco told the jury during closing arguments.

    He was talking about Ronita McAfee, who says she slept with Davis four times and he never revealed his HIV status.

    Davis says he never slept with her. His attorney, John Turner, says she has told nothing but lies about him and is out to get him.

    "She wanted to destroy him, and she's still sitting back there now trying to destroy him," Turner said.

    Davis says he told a second woman about his status, and she still chose to sleep with him. That woman has tested positive for HIV after she slept with Davis seven days a week, she says.

    Davis faces similar charges in Fulton County in connection with her case. McAfee says she has not contracted the virus.

    Prosecutors urged the jury to find Davis guilty and protect the community.

    "Not telling people, not letting them make a choice, that's reckless," Powers said.

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