Miami Prosecutors Quietly Drop “Solved” 1986 Cold-Case Murder Charges

In 2014, Miami-Dade County prosecutors said Rickey L. Davis was a killer. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s office, working with Miami-Dade Police, announced it had determined Davis had strangled then-26-year-old Joycelean Burrows to death in Liberty City in 1986. Reporters blasted Davis’ mugshot all over the press and claimed new DNA evidence had solved the case after nearly 30 years.

But last month, prosecutors quietly dropped the murder case against Davis without saying a word to the public. Davis is a free man. And his lawyer, Stephan Lopez, says Rundle’s office has not yet told Davis what happened.

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