Troy Davis executed after court decision

Troy Davis executed after court decision

JACKSON, Ga., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Georgia executed Troy Davis Wednesday for the murder of a police officer after the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday rejected Davis' appeal for a stay of execution.

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Execution of Troy Davis given the go-ahead

Execution of Troy Davis given the go-ahead

ATLANTA, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis who is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday evening.

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MLK daughter: Don't execute Troy Davis

MLK daughter: Don't execute Troy Davis

ATLANTA, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, Bernice King, wants Georgia authorities to grant convicted cop killer Troy Anthony Davis mercy and stop his death sentence.

Rallies support Ga. death row inmate

ATLANTA, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Thousands of people took part in coordinated rallies in Atlanta and around the world Friday to show support for Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis.
Execution date set for Troy Davis

Execution date set for Troy Davis

ATLANTA, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A Georgia prisoner who has been on death row for 19 years will be executed later this month unless he is granted clemency, a judge has determined.

High court snubs Ga. death row inmate

WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected all attempts by Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis to gain time purportedly to prove his innocence.

Court tells judge to hear death row claim

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 7-2, ordered a federal judge in Georgia Monday to consider a death row prisoner's claim of innocence.

Davis backers pin hopes on new D.A.

SAVANNAH, Ga., June 3 (UPI) -- The first black district attorney in Chatham County, Ga., must get involved in a controversial, racially tinged death penalty case, advocates say.

Death row inmate gets extraordinary brief

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- A group of former prosecutors and judges has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of an inmate on death row in Georgia.

Court to hear case of death row inmate

ATLANTA, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Lawyers for convicted cop killer Troy Anthony Davis say they'll try to convince a U.S. court to grant a new trial 19 years after the crime occurred in Georgia.

Appeals court stays Davis execution

ATLANTA, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court in Atlanta Friday stayed the execution of convicted cop killer Troy Anthony Davis, scheduled to die Monday by lethal injection.

Top court turns aside cop killer's plea

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday cleared the way for the execution of a Georgia man convicted of killing a police officer 19 years ago.

Justices mute on Georgia death case

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, opening its new term Monday, took no action on an appeal of a death-row inmate who reportedly has a significant claim of innocence.
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Troy Anthony Davis (born October 9, 1968) was convicted of the August 19, 1989, murder of Savannah, Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail. MacPhail was working as a security guard at a restaurant when he intervened in an argument between several men in a nearby parking lot. He was shot in the heart and face without having drawn his gun. One of the men, Sylvester "Redd" Coles, went to police and implicated Davis in the killing, and Davis was arrested four days later. During Davis’ 1991 trial, many witnesses testified they had seen Davis shoot MacPhail. Two others testified that Davis had confessed the murder to them. The murder weapon was never found, and no physical evidence linked Davis to the crime. Throughout his trial and subsequent appeals, Davis has maintained his innocence. Davis was convicted and sentenced to death in August 1991.

Many appeals in state and federal courts followed. Davis and his lawyers argued that the racial composition of the jury and poor advocacy from his lawyers had affected his right to a fair trial. Seven of the original nine eyewitnesses who had linked Davis to the killing recanted all or part of their trial testimony. Several stated they had felt pressure by police to implicate Davis. New witnesses implicated Coles in the crime. The appeals were denied with courts declaring that Davis had not provided a "substantive claim" of innocence and that the recantations were unpersuasive. In July 2007, September 2008, and October 2008, execution dates were scheduled but stayed shortly before the events took place.

Amnesty International and other groups such as National Association for the Advancement of Colored People took up Davis' cause. Prominent politicians and leaders, including former President Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton, Pope Benedict XVI, Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, presidential candidate Bob Barr and former FBI Director and judge William S. Sessions called upon the courts to grant Davis a new trial or evidentiary hearing.

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