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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Davis held for child molestation trial

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  • A 41-year-old Ardmore man was ordered Thursday to stand trial on a charge of lewd or indecent acts to a child.
    Johnny A. Davis appeared with his attorney, Melanie Blackburn, at 9 a.m. for preliminary hearing before Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin in Carter County District Court. District Attorney Craig Ladd presented the state's case against Davis, which includes 14 endorsed witnesses. Baldwin ruled the state had produced sufficient evidence of a crime, and that Davis had committed the offense. The judge ordered the local man bound over for trial.
    Davis is charged with molesting the child on July 23. Within days of the attack, the child disclosed she had been victimized. Ardmore police launched an investigation that resulted in Davis' arrest. He was formally charged July 29.
    Davis posted a $100,000 bond set on the charge in September, and was released from jail. But the bond was forfeited and a warrant issued for his arrest in October when he failed to appear for preliminary hearing. He was apprehended a second time by Ardmore police. He is currently detained at the Carter County Detention Center.
    If convicted, Davis faces 20 years to life in prison. A conviction would include a possible penalty enhancement. The district attorney's office has filed a "Page II" in connection with the case. The document alleges Davis has a previous criminal record that includes convictions in two burglary cases, as well as convictions of possession of a stolen credit card, running a roadblock and attempting to elude police.
    Formal arraignment is set for Jan. 22.
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