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Former Mena Lawyer Takes Plea Deal in Manslaughter Case


Former Polk County resident and lawyer Andrea “Andi” Davis took a plea bargain in Garland County Court on Wednesday, May 27, in connection with charges in the death of Maxwell Anderson, including Unlawful Use of a Communication Device and Manslaughter, both Class C felonies.

In the plea bargain, the court dropped the Manslaughter charge and Davis received 72 months of probation, 80 hours of community service, a $1500 fine, and $420 in costs.

Also in the plea bargain, prosecutors either dropped or declined to prosecute in all other charges including several Contempt of Court for Failure to Appear charges, as well as, Possession of Stolen Property, and drug charges, stemming from several incidents. Andi is said to have been in rehabilitation and her law license is suspended. Her lawyer indicated that because of the felony conviction, she plans to surrender her law license.

A special prosecutor from Saline County was assigned last year to the high-profile case.

Anderson, age 24 of Garland County, was found shot at Davis’ home on February 29, 2012, after Garland County Deputies responded to a 911 call to her residence. Anderson was found lying facedown in the driveway with a gunshot wound in his back. Andi and her brother, Matthew Davis, were both taken into custody at the scene.

According to records, Davis used her phone to set up a drug deal between her brother and Anderson. Her defense angle throughout the case has been that a dispute broke out between the trio and Anderson was under the influence of drugs and began chasing Andi with a golf club. She said that Matthew shot Maxwell Anderson in self-defense.

Matthew took a plea bargain in connection with the case on May 14, 2015. He pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, a Class A Misdemeanor, and was placed on probation for one year, has 80 hours of community service, a $1,500 fine, and $170 in costs.

Both Andi and Matthew were charged as first-time offenders, however, when Andi’s lawyer asked to have a type of special treatment regarding expunging the charges but the court denied the request because of the violence of the offense.

Davis is a 1996 Wickes High School graduate and previously served as a Public Defender before the Polk County Circuit Court.  Davis is no stranger to headlines having received statewide media attention during Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s step down from his gubernatorial bid after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with Davis.


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