Supporters Gather For Death Row Inmate Troy Davis (PHOTOS)
Troy Davis, the 42-year-old death row inmate who was convicted of the 1989 murder of off duty police officer Mark MacPhail, is to be executed on September 21st.
It has been 20 years since Davis was convicted of the killing and yesterday, the 42-year-old death row inmate was DENIED clemency by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole.
Supporters for Davis stayed out all night protesting and holding signs, hoping that something will happen to save the death row inmate from lethal injection.
Attorneys for Troy Davis filed a last-minute appeals trying to halt his execution, but were denied.
In the last hours, Davis has refused his last meal because the thought he will be killed is unacceptable to him. The support has been pouring in from Twitter, Facebook and every other social media imaginable.
Over the past 20 years, Davis has garnered waves of support from celebrities and politicians after his murder conviction was clouded with witness tampering and coercion by police testifying or signing statements against Davis.
Since 20 years have passed and many aren’t entirely informed about Davis’ case, GlobalGrind put together all the info you need to know about Troy Davis.
On Aug. 19, 1989 at about 1 a.m., off-duty Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail was working security for a Burger King when he investigated a disturbance and was shot and killed.
Four days later, after returning from a trip to Atlanta, Davis surrenders to police.
There is more than enough room for doubt. Of the nine original witnesses in the case, seven have either recanted or contradicted their original stories.
Nine individuals have signed affidavits indicating that the murder was committed by Davis’ friend Sylvester Coles, who was there the night MacPhail was killed.
In fact, of the two witnesses who have not recanted, one of them was Coles. A witness even claimed that Coles bragged at a party about having killed an off-duty police officer.
On July 15, 2007 in a letter from his U.S. envoy, Pope Benedict XVI notes problems with the evidence and asked Gov. Sonny Perdue to spare Davis’ life.
On June 26, 2007 Desmond Tutu sends a letter to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles asking it to commute Davis’ sentence. He cites “mounting evidence that Davis may in fact be innocent.”
On March 17, 2008 the Georgia Supreme Court, with a 4-3 vote, upholds Davis’ death sentence, rejecting his request for a hearing.
On September 19, 2008 Former President Jimmy Carter, in a letter, tells the parole board that its decision not to grant clemency “risks taking the life of an innocent man and would be a grave miscarriage of justice.” And four days later, less than two hours before Davis’ scheduled execution, the U.S. Supreme Court grants him a stay.
September 20, 2011: The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles heard testimony from the defense of Troy Davis, the prosecution, as well as family and witnesses. They denied him clemency.
September 21, 2011: Troy Davis is scheduled to be killed by lethal injection at 7pm (EST).