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DEATH ROW: Troy Anthony Davis has been denied clemency

DEATH ROW inmate Troy Anthony Davis has been denied clemency and will be executed by lethal injection tomorrow (Sept 21) unless there is a last-minute intervention.

Davis was convicted and sentenced to death in August of 1991 for the fatal shooting of off duty police officer Allen MacPhail in the summer of 1989 in Savannah, Georgia. The 42-year-old has always protested his innocence and there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime.

In all, he has spent 20 years on death row at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison. During that time he came within days of being executed on three separate occasions.

As reported in The Voice in March of 2010, when Davis’s sister Martina Correia Davis visited Dublin to address the Irish branch of Amnesty International, there have been grave doubts about Davis’s Guilty verdict.

They hinge on a high number of prosecution witnesses recanting their statements, in some cases claiming coercion by the police officers interviewing them, and cite an absence of physical evidence linking Davis to the killing.

Amnesty International declared last Friday (Sept 16) a global day of action for Davis, with a petition appealing for clemency being faxed to the Georgia Parole Board, but this was denied after the board met this afternoon (Sept 20)

Campaigners are continuing to raise the case with officials in Georgia and Amnesty International is planning vigils around the world on tomorrow (Sept 21), including outside the US embassy in London from 10pm - three hours before he is due to be executed (GMT), while demonstrations against the execution are being planned for New York and Atlanta.

Interviewed by The Voice AI Ireland spokesman Justin Moran said “No physical evidence directly links him to the murder, no weapon was ever found.

“The case against Davis primarily rested on witness testimony. Since his trial seven of nine key witnesses have recanted or changed their testimony, some alleging police coercion.

“While all other legal avenues appear to be exhausted, doubts persist about Troy Davis’s guilt in the crime for which he was sentenced to death two decades ago”

AI urge members and supporters are to contact Larry Chisholm the District Attorney for Chatham County, Savannah, Georgia, who has it in his powers to personally intercede to have the death sentence commuted.

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