ATLANTA (WAOK)-Sen. Donzella James (D-College Park) invites all local residents to attend a public forum followed by a prayer vigil for Troy Davis, who has been incarcerated since 1989. Davis was convicted of the murder of off duty police officer Mark McPhail. Seven of the nine witnesses that testified against Davis have recanted or changed their testimony. The United States Supreme Court recently denied his last appeal. Sen. James will be joined by members of the faith community to pray for Troy Davis.
Religious leaders across the country are also calling on their peers to help stop the execution of Davis saying he should be granted clemency because of the widespread doubts about his guilt. Amnesty International and People of Faith Against the Death Penalty are working with religious leaders to encourage others from all faith traditions to endorse a public letter urging the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to commute the death sentence of Troy Davis. More than 1,500 leaders from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have already endorsed the letter. These include leaders of many different faith traditions, including Baptist, Methodist, and Catholic clergy.
Meanwhile the vigil will happen Monday, May 9, 2011 at 5:00 P.M. in Room 307 at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, 18 Capitol Square, S.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30334