Condemned man's supporters rally in Atlanta
Supporters of Troy Davis rally in Atlanta. He is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 murder of a police officer.
September 16th, 2011
09:41 PM ET

Condemned man's supporters rally in Atlanta

Troy Davis has been scheduled to die on Georgia's death row three previous times. Friday night at an Atlanta rally and march, Davis' supporters said this time will be different.

Their numbers were greater, their voices are louder and they are hopeful that their appeals for clemency will be answered by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Hundreds of supporters marched through the downtown streets of the Georgia capital chanting "Free Troy Davis." Others carried signs that read, "Too Much Doubt."

However, unless something dramatic happens, Davis, 42, will die by lethal injection on Wednesday for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

The case has drawn international attention. Davis' advocates say he was convicted on flimsy evidence.

Since his 1991 conviction, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony. No physical evidence was presented linking Davis to the killing.

One of Davis' sisters told CNN she had spoken to him Friday, and that he was moved by the show of support. His family has maintained he is innocent.

"Someone asked us if had started making preparations for his final days," Kimberly Davis said. "We are not. We have actually (been) looking past those final days."

Hope is just about all Davis has right now. The pardons and paroles board denied him clemency once before. The board has never changed its mind in any case for the past 33 years.

On Thursday, supporters delivered to the pardons and paroles board a 663,000-name petition asking for clemency.

MacPhail's family has steadfastly asserted that Davis was the killer, as has the man who prosecuted him.

"I'm just disappointed so many people have been led to believe nobody has paid attention to these recantations. It is simply not the case," former Chatham County District Attorney Spencer Lawton once told CNN affiliate WTOC.

"On what grounds are the recantations more believable than the testimony in court? None."

Reviewing Davis' claims of innocence last year, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia found that Davis "vastly overstates the value of his evidence of innocence."

"Some of the evidence is not credible and would be disregarded by a reasonable juror," Judge William T. Moore wrote in a 172-page opinion. "Other evidence that Mr. Davis brought forward is too general to provide anything more than smoke and mirrors," the court found.

soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Corporate Fascism

    What say banasy you? he he 🙂

    September 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    Hey cnn i didnt use bad language or anything and you dont post my comment why

    September 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Ok try again Iam sure glad its not me that has to flip that switch next wednesday In my mind we are killing this man for bloodlust, and if the people of georgia wants the blood of this man on their hands then so be it Iam a white man and proponent of the death penalaty .But in this case its wrong

    September 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ac dumas

      You are right!

      September 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul H.

      "Gung Hoe", it's a pity that we're still so socially backward that we need a label to add weight to our opinions. You are a good human being with a conscience who just happens to be a white guy. I also believe in capital punishment as a deterrent to capital crime, but there appears to be too much reasonable doubt in this case.

      September 18, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rob_E55

    Sorry people, but I agree with the death penalty. He was duly tried, duly convicted and duly sentenced. He murdered people. That's it. I am not going to give you skeded logic about "what if it was your family" or death penalty stats. It serves a purpose. He cannot commit any more crimes. He had his chance to be a productive citizen and he blew it. My sympathies to the victims family. Supreme Court? read my post. Goodbye Mr. Davis. If you repented, your higher power has a place for you. If not, rot in hell!

    September 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CNN

    gung hoe. Why? Because we don't like you. That's why.

    September 18, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. @Paul H

    Obama didn't kill him. Obama put out a hit on him and had him murdered. You don't even know the difference between murder and kill. What else do you do for Obama? Bend over?

    September 18, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. bigwilliestyles

    Recently in Mississippi several white teens piled into two vehicles to go "f*#k with some n#@#*rs". In the process they ran him over with a truck, deliberately. 1 adult teen was charged with murder. If the teens had been Black, and the victim white, ALL of the Blacks would have been charged with murder, no matter who was driving the truck that actually killed the victim. This is a prominent display of systemic racism.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. @Paul H

    You say that guilt would be shared by everyone living in a state that executes innocent men. We all have blood on our hands if what you say is true. This man would hardly be the first innocent man murdered by united STATEs of america. (if in fact they ever get around to it and if in fact he's innocent) You are just about as dumb as they get Paul H. Just about as dumb as they get. 🙂

    September 18, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. conspiracy theory

    Yeah, all the white Americans have been conspiring against all the black ones. That's how a half-black man became President. Justice is more important than the color of a skin. (duh) This story is about Justice being meted-out by phony "christian" men who think that if the wrong man is put to death, God will sort him out. And they have the majority of America thinking just like them!

    September 18, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Spidermonkey

    Weve been killing the innocent since the beginning of time. Our government has been desensitizing its people so they can keep to their own agenda!!! Its got to be a real concious ringer to give the order to murder some one .so why dont we do this, have the governers do there own dirty work themselves. Bvut most people dont understand that they voted in support of executing the innocent. Or that the governer has a family. Will than maybve he should get a real job where he has got to have a concious. Oh thats right , i forgot hes no longer sensitive so give him a bone for nothing but murder. So realitybecause in 50 years we will be living in side the prisons ,and the reprogrammed will be living free!!!!!

    September 18, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Spidermonkey

    Hey idiot!!! Who was talking about race? Oh thats right your one of (those) things that like to change the topic to get the attention!!!!!!will,will,will, lets throw you a bone!!!!

    September 18, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Specific prisons

    "Homeland Security Prisons" already built and full of non-violent petty crooks who will be released in order to make-room for those who don't go along with the programming of America.

    September 18, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Specific prisons

    These "Non-violent petty crooks" who account for 70% of your prison population would be violent, but they're mostly little punk-ass tweekers and potheads who couldn't beat their way out of a wet paper sack, or they would be violent. A few of them are violent, but yeah...most of 'em are scrawny little punks.

    September 18, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Spidermonkey

    Ya there you go i think i will try to put a down payment on one of them cells so i will be safe from all of you!!!!!

    September 18, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. @S-monkey

    I appreciate your eyes. They can see things others are blind to. 🙂

    September 18, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
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