Davis once professionally wrestled under the stage name ‘Love Gangster’ and the title fits him appropriately.
The self-professed ladies man was recenlty found guilty in an Ohio court of law of knowingly infecting at least 12 women with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).
And to top it off… he faces 120 years in prison for not wrapping it up!
Andre Davis was originally accused by 15 women of infecting them with HIV. A jury of 12 found him guilty of 14 felonious assault counts and one not guilty, alleging he had sex with women without telling them he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.
In Ohio, where the case was tried, there’s a law that requires anyone to reveal that information before having any sexual interaction with a partner. Failure to disclose your HIV positive status is grounds for felonious assault chargers.
Investigators say Davis learned of his status after he had a medical exam for an offered contract with a professional wrestling organization. Davis applied at that time to wrestle under the name “Andre Heart”, but his contract was rescinded after the test results showed he was HIV positive.
The 29-year-old Davis also wrestled using stage names Gangsta of Love and Sweet Sexy Sensation. Prosecutors say he violated state law by not telling a dozen sex partners about his HIV status or by flat out lying to them about it.
Davis’ attorney, Greg Cohen, plans to appeal the verdict, arguing that the state law regarding HIV and felonious assault is poorly written because it doesn’t require proof that there has been “harm or an attempt to commit harm.”
All 12 of the women who accused Davis testified that they had unprotected sex with him and he either never told them or lied about HIV, which can be transmitted through unprotected sex. The judge, citing medical privacy laws, prohibited attorneys from bringing up whether any of the women was infected with the virus.
While Davis’ defense attempted to argue that his accusers were promiscuous by having unprotected sex and multiple partners. He also said that a company — not a doctor — told Davis about his HIV-positive status.
The Cincinnati Enquirer has reported that World Wrestling Entertainment told Davis in July 2009 that it wouldn’t hire him because he failed his physical and tested positive for HIV.
The prosecutor in the case, Amy Tranter, feels that the case involved a great deal of testimony and that jurors considered evidence “step by step.”
“It’s an important case,” she said. “It’s a serious case.”
Tranter had said in closing arguments that Davis should go to prison for a long time, saying the case was about his responsibility to tell the women his test results.
Whose at fault in this case?
The women for not making Davis wrap it up or Davis for not wrapping it up?