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Attorney arrested for theft of lost diamond ring

Posted: February 26, 2013 - 11:53am  |  Updated: February 26, 2013 - 6:38pm
Local attorney Alexia Dawn Davis, 31, was charged Tuesday with theft of lost or mislaid property.   Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Local attorney Alexia Dawn Davis, 31, was charged Tuesday with theft of lost or mislaid property.

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An Augusta attorney turned herself in to authorities Tuesday morning on a charge connected to a lost diamond ring.

Alexia Dawn Davis, 31, surrendered herself at the Columbia County Detention Center Tuesday morning on a felony charge of theft of lost or mislaid property, according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Davis was booked into the jail Tuesday morning was released after posting a $2,500 bond, Morris said

Davis, an attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Augusta, is accused of not returning a diamond ring she found in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel restaurant on Feb. 7.

A Thomson woman reported the ring missing on Feb. 12. She told deputies that she lost the ring, worth about $10,500, in the parking lot at about 7 p.m. on Feb. 7. A server at the restaurant said a woman who was with Davis came inside and asked what to do if she found a ring.

"(The) woman opted not to leave it with Cracker Barrel, with the manager in control of lost and found and made a comment that it would be reported to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office," Morris said. "And it never was."

Morris published surveillance video from the restaurant through local media in hopes of identifying the woman on Feb. 19. The same day, nearly two weeks after the ring was lost, Davis brought the ring to Richmond County authorities.

A warrant was issued for Davis for theft of lost or mislaid property. The charge is a felony because the ring is worth more than $1,500, Morris said. He also said that by law, when "a person comes into control of property that they know to be lost or mislaid, they must take reasonable measures to restore the property to its owner."

"That did not occur in this case," Morris said.

Tanya Jeffords, one of four attorneys representing Davis released a statement Tuesday.

In the statement, Jeffords wrote: "No matter what shadow the Sheriff and the District Attorney's office tries to cast upon Ms. Davis' impeccable reputation and her motives, the legal fact is that she did not appropriate the ring for her own use, which is the crime this statute is intending to cover. When she learned who the owner was through the postings online from the Sheriff's office, she promptly turned it in. She knew it was valuable but she had neither sold it nor wore the ring as if it was hers."

Katherine Mason, the public defender for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, said she's not allowed to comment on personnel matters.

Davis has been a member of the Georgia Bar Association since November 2006.

Paula Frederick, general counsel for the bar association, said no disciplinary action will be taken against Davis unless she is convicted.

"If she is convicted of a crime, that is a violation of the rules of professional conduct," said Frederick, who does not know the details of Davis' case.

Frederick said if Davis is convicted, the bar association will ask the Georgia Supreme Court, which has the authority to discipline attorneys, for an "appropriate discipline." If Davis is convicted of a felony, Frederick said the bar association would likely ask for Davis to be disbarred.

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Sweet son

Bet she will try to figure out how to plead guilty to

a misdemeanor!

corazon

she found it.

Mrs Davis shouldn't be punish because she found the ring in the parking lot, that is normal if you find something in the street you will keep it. just Columbia county is trying to make a big deal because that is what they do when is a black person involved. Look the case in Richmond county with the three white commissioner they dont want to punish them and they called racist. They did wrong and they need to be punish and pay back that money.. and yes is Racist and Columbia County..

kjggfddddd

speedy6492

Nobody is perfect!

Hi Mi Corazon, here we go again with the race card. Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes! Even me? But at the end of the day when you really think about it; she is an attorney and she should had known better!

corazon

OK nobody is perfect but

OK nobody is perfect but Columbia county is Racist if you have a case there and you are black or hispanic they will apply the law and talk about it for months. Do you remember the owner (brothers )of the furniture place in washington rd he got cut stealing and you heard it just one time and nothing else. Please you need to be black or Hispanic to experience the Racist in Columbia county..

kjggfddddd

rocketserve

Racism aside...

So is this like a good samaritan law that I have never heard of? So does this mean if I find something in a parking lot or someone leaves a gallon of milk in a buggy somewhere, am I required to notify someone? OK, if it is a wallet or something that has an ID with it, then yes I will turn it in. But lets just say, if someone found it before me, took the money out and left it in a buggy, then I turn it in to someone, can I possibly be arrested for theft??? Seems like a slippery slope for lost and found items. All that aside...SHE TURNED THE RING IN when she found out it was lost. She didn't sell it or pawn it. What is to say if she turned it into the Cracker Barrel (no jokes please on the irony) that the $7.50/hr employee could not have pocketed it and not told anyone? There is the letter of the law and then there is the nature of the law and this clearly does not follow what the nature of the law truly is.

Sweet son

Some of you are just trying to justify theft!

No consciences! The right thing to have been done would have been to turn it into the Columbia County Sheriff's Office as found property. Make it know that you want the property if it is not claimed in the prescribed length of time. If no one comes forward then case closed!

rocketserve

Wow....

If everyone in the county turned in everything to the CCSD that they found on a daily basis, they would be inundated with people coming in ad out with spare tires, hub caps, dog food that is left under shopping carts. I don't see what she did as being theft. She found it, she held on to it, she saw it was missing and she turned it in. Just because she did not go to the police with it now makes her a criminal? Really? There could be just as much dishonesty there as she is being accused of. But wait, that never happens in Columbia County.

Sweet son

@rocketserve

It must have been obvious that the ring was "real." I couldn't tell the difference between real and Cracker Jack but I bet my wife could. It does "seem" that she turned the ring in until after she was identified. I'll go with speedy and say the mention of race was not necessary. Just sayin'.

rocketserve

Just curious...

Where in this article did it say that she turned the ring in AFTER she was identified? Was she truly identified or did they just release the footage and put two and two together? In the article it said "someone that was with Davis" asked the server about finding a ring...how did the Cracker Barrel know that person was with Davis or who Davis even was? It could "seem" that she saw the footage on the news and assumed that the rightful owner was found, and she did not feel comfortable turning the ring over to the Cracker Barrel employee. Like I said, there is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Sweet son

rocketserve

No peeing match from me! You are right on every point. Good day!

Adam Carter

Its been around one year and

Its been around one year and I think she may have figured out the way.
-Regards
Adam @ http://www.sparksduiattorney.com

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