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Stay of Execution Issued for Troy Davis

Troy Davis
Georgia Dept. of Corrections

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of execution today for a death row inmate who had been scheduled to die this past Monday in Georgia.

Troy Davis was convicted in 1991 for the murder of a Savannah police officer three years earlier.

He has always maintained his innocence in the killing of Officer Mark MacPhail.

Witnesses claimed Davis, then 19, and two others were harassing a homeless man in a Burger King parking lot when the off-duty officer arrived to help the man.

Witnesses testified at trial that Davis then shot MacPhail twice and fled.

Since Davis' 1991 conviction, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted their testimony. No physical evidence was presented linking Davis to the killing of the police officer.

Web Resources:
Inside the Effort to Stop the Troy Davis Execution
Assessing Capital Punishment Trends in the U.S.

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