Atlanta (WAOK)- The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied the request for clemency for Troy Davis. Davis is now scheduled to die by lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 pm.
Davis has been on death row since 1991 when he was convicted in the death of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Davis had appealed his case on several occasions. His execution date had been postponed at least three times during the appeals process.
7 of 9 witnesses who originally testified against Davis have since recanted their testimony saying they were coerced into identifying Davis as the shooter by police.
Death penalty opponents, civil rights organizations, Amnesty International, members of the original jury who convicted Davis, and members of Davis’ family have repeatedly said if there is any doubt as to whether Davis committed the murder of Officer MacPhail, then he should not be put to death.
Members of MacPhail’s family say they believe Davis is the person who killed the off duty police officer in 1989 while he was trying to help a homeless man who was being pistol whipped.