DONOVAN'S CHARGE recounts the drama of how one New Yorker-city worker, life guard, counselor-fights off an attacker and administers CPR until the arrival of the police-only to find himself on Rikers Island, facing a murder charge.
When his attacker dies, Cox is found guilty of murder and receives a life sentence. After two years in a law library, Cox wins his appeal and the conviction is overturned unanimously by five Appellate Judges. On hearing the good news that the charge has been reduced-family, friends, officers and inmates anticipate Cox's release. However, he is again hit with the max-a sentence of which he will serve 17 years.
Based on trial transcripts and witness accounts, the drama recreates the attack, the trial and Cox's life in this 3 ring circus. Its main theme is innocence, both in court and in spirit. And how one man preserves his-with the help of the spirit of the boy who, with his toy soldiers and trusty steed Donovan, stays by his side until the day they are released.
Today a NYC subway singer-Glenn continues to rely on the spirit of the boy within for creative strength.