LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Two women whose murder convictions received national publicity returned to State District Court in Lake Charles .
Robyn Davis and Carol “Sissy” Saltzman have an attorney working to prove their innocence and get them out of prison.
Prosecutors expect their convictions to stand.
In 2012, Robyn Davis and Carol “Sissy” Saltzman were convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Davis’s husband Brian who was found shot to death in a remote area off Big Lake Road.
Prosecutors argued the women had lured Davis to the scene by faking car trouble and the jury found them guilty.
However, New Orleans attorney Paul Barker says they didn't kill Brian Davis.
“100 percent [sure]. There’s no doubt. And what has been done to them is so atrocious. I will not stop fighting for them. This is one of the most awful things I’ve ever seen and I hope that there’s as much attention that can be given to it as possible because this is outrageous,” Barker said.
Barker said he knows who committed the crime.
"It’s not for me to say and it’s not for us to prove, but absolutely. And had there been an investigator willing to check the work of this lead detective—I don’t know, I can’t believe that this was done,” Barker said.
However, Assistant D.A. Ross Murray points out the jury was convinced of the women’s guilt.
“I think that there was a jury of their peers in Calcasieu Parish that disagreed with that. They got to listen to the evidence that was presented to them presented by both sides; the state and the defense. They had very capable defense attorneys,” Murray said.
Murray doesn't buy the idea that someone else did it.
“If they knew this I’d say report it to law enforcement immediately, but I think that hasn’t been done because the actual perpetrators of this crime are in jail,” Murray said.
Barker also claims the state broke the rules by not giving the defense certain evidence.
“Evidence that’s discovered during the investigation by the state that is something that would help the defendant cannot just be tossed aside,” Barker said.
Murray says the state did give the defense what they were supposed to.
“We believe that we turned over everything that was required of us through the Code of Evidence and the Code of Criminal Procedure, anything that would be favorable to the defense, the jury got to hear that evidence,” Murray said.
The women have been in prison for nearly seven years now.
Barker hopes to have them here for all future hearings.
Both sides will return to court for a hearing before Judge David Ritchie on Wednesday, Apr. 3.