Former Hot Springs attorney Andrea Lea “Andi” Davis, whose “inappropriate relationship” with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel scuttled McDaniel’s hopes for the governor’s office, has been charged with manslaughter along with her brother in a February 2012 shooting which left a man dead outside Davis’ home.
Maxwell Anderson, 34, died on Feb. 29, 2012 from gunshot wounds outside Davis’ home on Ledgerwood Road in Hot Springs. Arrest warrants have been issued for Andrea Davis and her brother, Matthew Davis, 36, in the case. The relationship between Anderson and Davis, and why Anderson was at Davis’ house that night, is unclear.
The dalliance between Davis and McDaniel — who is married — came to light when Davis’ former husband, Fred Day, filed court documents during a custody dispute, with Day asking Davis whether she’d had a sexual relationship with McDaniel. In December 2012, McDaniel admitted to having been in an unspecified inappropriate relationship with Davis. Though he said at the time he would remain in the governor’s race, McDaniel later dropped out.
McDaniel said he met Davis in 2010 and had limited contact with her in 2011, “some of which was inappropriate.”
McDaniel The Prosecutor Coordinator’s Office later appointed a special prosecutor to handle the investigation of the Anderson shooting.
Davis was arrested by the Garland Co. Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 16 for felony theft of property in a case in which police said a missing $1,500 trailer was found at her house. A report in the case said a Craigslist sale of items which went missing with the trailer led them to Davis’ residence. Davis saw her law license suspended last month, with the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional conduct saying her continuing to practice as an attorney posed a “substantial threat of serious harm to the public and to her clients.”
UPDATE: Just talked to Little Rock attorney Jeff Rosenzweig, who is representing Andrea Davis. He said Davis and her brother will be turning themselves in this week at an arranged time which will not be publicly disclosed. Rosenzweig will be representing Matthew Davis during the surrender, but will only be representing Andrea Davis as the case goes forward.
“I don’t want to talk about the specific facts and allegations at this point,” Rosenzwieg said, “but she is innocent of the charges and we expect that she will be vindicated at trial.”