“(The victim’s) going to tell you she was panicked, shocked, angered, fearful upset and that she begged the defendant, somebody she had trusted,…to get tested yourself,” Powers said. When the defendent declined to get tested, the woman went to Clayton County Police.
Defense attorney John Turner told the jury not to be swayed by the state’s dramatic opening. Stick to the facts and the fact is, Turner said. ” there is no definitive test - scientific or medical for (the detection) of HIV. No such thing.”
Bolstering Turner’s assertions is the Los Angeles-based Office of Medical and Scientific Justice, which has flown in experts at its own expense to help defend Davis. One of the experts developed the initial HIV test and has numerous patents for other diagnostic tests, Turner said.
“You might say ‘well, he said he’s HIV-positive,” Turner said. “He said what the doctor’s told him. They made an assumption based on antigens in his blood. Scientifically they will not be able to prove He’s HIV.”
Nor will they be able to prove he and the alleged victim ever had vaginal or oral sex, Turner said.
“They’re not going to be able to provide pictures or witnesses (to show) that they had sex.” Turner said. Whatever evidence that is presented is “going to show them the woman is a nut case.”.
“What she did is turn his life into a living hell,” Turner said, noting that the woman “paid a blogger to put all kinds of lie about him on the internet,” including that he was a minister - which caused the case to draw national attention.
“He was never a minister,” Turner said. “Evidence will show hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
The trial, which is expected to take at least several days, is being heard in Clayton County Superior Court Judge Geronda V. Carter’s courtroom.