There was no forensic evidence in the case. Eyewitness testimony alone convinced the jury in 1991 that Troy Davis was guilty in the 1989 slaying of a Georgia police officer, Mark MacPhail. He was sentenced to execution. Multiple appeals have not changed that fact. For the past twenty years, execution dates have been set and then appealed.
I do not know for certain whether or not Troy Davis is guilty. I do know for certain there is enough reasonable doubt to warrant a new trial. Seven of the nine eyewitnesses have recanted their testimony, all saying they were coerced or threatened into the erroneous identifications. Of the two remaining eyewitnesses, one has been said to have admitted to several other people that he, not Troy Davis killed the police officer.
At the present time, Davis is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, September 21. (Yes, day after tomorrow.)
Amnesty International has led efforts to obtain a new trial for Troy Davis. (You can access the Website here.) Read the information about Troy Davis and if you are so inclined, sign the petition. If you are not inclined to sign the petition, please keep positive energy that Troy Davis will not die Wednesday evening.
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Protest marches for Troy Davis.
Also, please think of the slain officer's family. They are convinced that Troy Davis is guilty and truly believe the only thing that will give them closure is his execution. It is a very sad time for all concerned.