Last-Minute Reprieve For Georgia Inmate

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution Tuesday for Troy Davis. The Georgia inmate was scheduled to be executed for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty police officer. Seven of nine witnesses who helped put Davis on death row have recanted their testimony.

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Now an update on a story we brought you on Monday. It was about Troy Davis who was convicted of the 1989 murder of a Savannah, Georgia, police officer. Yesterday, less than two hours before Davis's scheduled execution, the U.S. Supreme Court granted him a stay until it can consider his appeal. The case against Davis was based solely on eyewitness testimony. Most of the eyewitnesses have recanted, but no court has heard them. Davis wants the high court to order a judge to hear from the witnesses and others who say someone else confessed to the crime.

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