By Jean Ross

Atlanta (WAOK)-The long road of appeals may be coming to end for Troy Anthony Davis. A Chatham County judge on Tuesday signed a death warrant for Davis, who was convicted of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989.

The  execution date has been set for Sept. 21 at 7 pm.

Davis has exhausted all appeals in his case even appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Amnesty International USA is now asking  the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant Davis clemency. The board has previously denied that request.

Since the launch of its February 2007 report, Where Is the Justice for Me? The Case of Troy Davis, Facing Execution in Georgia, Amnesty International has campaigned intensively for clemency for Davis. On April 12th Amnesty International issued an “Urgent Action” to its membership on his behalf.  More than 300,000 signatures have been gathered for Davis since the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles last considered clemency.  Following Davis’ evidentiary hearing last summer, former Congressman Bob Barr and former FBI director William Sessions renewed their support for the inmate, and Nobel laureates President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jose Ramos Horta have recently appealed to the board for clemency.  

Davis, 41, was convicted of killing off-duty police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail 21 years ago as MacPhail tried to assist a homeless man who was being pistol-whipped outside a Burger King.

A number of key prosecution witnesses have either recanted or backed off their trial testimony. Other witnesses have come forward and identified another man as the actual killer.

Here is more history on the case from the  AJC.

Chatham County Superior Court Judge Penny Freesemann signed the death warrant Tuesday. Davis has been on death row for 19 years.

  1. Emil says:

    More than 300,000 signatures have been gathered for Davis since the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles last considered clemency, according to this article.

    Why? Because it is more than a possibility, that we are about to execute an innocent person.

    Georgia`s State Board of Pardons and Paroles is the final failsafe and can grant clemency. They have the power to do the right thing.

    More than 300 000 signatures have been gathered. But we can`t stop now. We still need to take action. We just can`t allow an execution to proceed when there is too much doubt as to the guilt of the prisoner.

    Visit and take action!

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