A 32-year-old man sent to prison for a double murder more than a decade ago in Crozet is experiencing his first full day of freedom.
Governor Terry McAuliffe granted Robert Davis a conditional pardon for the 2003 killings of a mother and son inside their burning home.
Neighbors who lived next to the Charles family home say they'll never forget that day in February 2003.
They've also wondered for years whether Robert Davis was actually guilty of the crime he spent more than 12 years behind bars for.
A new family lives inside the home on Cling Lane in Crozet where Nola Charles was found tied-up and stabbed on February 19, 2003.
Her three-year-old son's body was found in another bedroom of the burning home. Davis maintained his innocence claiming police coerced a confession during this six-hour videotaped interrogation.
An Albemarle County police sergeant who was a K-9 officer on the Charles family murder case tells NBC29 the department put a lot of resources and time into a thorough investigation.
Ultimately the Governor sided with Robert Davis and granted his pardon and release from prison Monday.
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