A Clayton County jury rendered a verdict in the trial of a man accused of spreading HIV.
The jury found Craig Lamar Davis guilty on two counts of reckless conduct for failing to inform women of his HIV status.
Prosecutors said Davis, who is now divorced, was a married minister when he had an affair with two women and didn't tell them he was HIV-positive.
Davis took the witness stand during his four-day trial and admitted to jurors that doctors diagnosed him with the AIDS virus in 2005.
Victim Ronita McAfee said, "I am pleased with the verdict today. It has been my hope and prayer that justice would be served and the reckless behavior of Mr. Davis would be exposed."
McAfee' attorney released this statement:
"This verdict has proven to be a victory not only for my client, Ms. Ronita McAfee, but also for the countless women and men who are infected with, or affected by the spread of this deadly virus as the direct result of the reckless and careless behavior of individuals, like Mr. Craig Davis. We believe that the Jury's decision to convict Mr. Davis contradicts the Defense Counsels' reckless and audacious comments, which attempted to label my client as a "nut case" and as a hateful, egotistical and despiteful liar. These irresponsible comments were nothing more than a failed, desperate and cowardly attempt to slander my client. We are hopeful that this verdict will give others the courage and strength to come forward to bring this individual to justice."
Jurors told Clayton County prosecutor Kathryn Powers they reached a verdict Friday but wanted to sit on it until Tuesday.
"The swiftness at which the verdict was delivered demonstrated Clayton County jurors are going to protect their community," said Powers. "They are not going to stand for someone infecting recklessly with such a deadly disease."
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