ATLANTA (WAOK) – Reverend Jesse Jackson is meeting with Georgia pardons officials to discuss the case against Troy Davis. Davis faces the death penalty after being charged for the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Rev Jackson says if there is any question about his innocence, his life should be spared.
Democratic State Senator Donzella James of College Park said that she too will urge the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to review the case. 7 of 9 witnesses who originally testified that Davis killed Officer Mark McPhail have recanted their stories and have implicated another man in the crime. Davis’ attorneys have had opportunities to argue his innocence before several judges including the U.S. Supreme Court but have failed to convince any that he was falsely accused. Davis has received support for a new trial from people all over the world including President Jimmy Carter and Pope John Paul II. Meanwhile, state authorities continue to proceed with plans for his execution.