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.

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  1. Spidermonkey

    Those punks where raised by all of us so dont forget it takes two , but a vallage to raise it. But it seems that most of the tweakers here came from outside my state of ca
    . So yes you all should of done a better job of raising your little scrawney punk tweakers so now that is over!!!!!

    September 18, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Spidermonkey

    True justice is when they are seen by a number of people commiting the crime than they are sometimes beaten harshly, ive seen this kind of justice in third world countrys south of me with my own eyes ,now thats what i call a stay of execution , or we could just permanantly dye there skinn red .but we still have monsters among us. My girls once asked me if there is monsters i said no but 4 years later i told them the truth and said yes man and women themselfes . And my x inlaws call me an idiot. But now my girls are teens they see that i told the truth

    September 18, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. @S-monkey

    True. Most parents are too busy cheating on each other or financing luxuries they can't afford...all the while knowing that their own children (future taxpayers) will be left holding their parent's bag. Kid's can feel that there is no hope for their future, and oftentimes turn to drugs to esacape.

    September 18, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Spidermonkey

    Thank you for your time you all can email me at to let me know whats going on!!! Make sure to say left wing op in your message love all bye bye

    September 18, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Spidermonkey

    Well im off to sleep now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. pilihP

    @Spider Monkey...enjoyed the chat.. See ya around. And there are keywords galore of find-out more about this stuff. (try FEMA camps/homeland security prisons on youtube)The www has it when reading, you can pause and think. TV gives you no such opportunity. 🙂 I'm going back to sleep too.

    September 18, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Captmorgan

    Prior to the shooting of the police officer two men were reportedly shot by Troy Favis and he was convicted of that crime. has anyone interviewed the survived or witnesses of that crime? Troy was also convicted prior to these crimes for carring a 38 caliber handgun with filed off serial numbers.

    September 18, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. @Cap'n Morgan

    Filing off s/n's doesn't hide squat from forensics. Only dummies even try using that lame trick.

    September 18, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Captmorgan

    This was 14 years ago long before CSI

    September 18, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Spidermonkey

    Yes you area citizen of systematic racism ,me as a caucaision am as well, we allowed it to stay after ww 2 ! Hitler , we are adopting his ways. We are the supreme race which is totaly wrong.every body is the minority, if you go deep with the word minority it goes for everyone,because no two people are the same. Example; put a million people together from any ethnic back ground ,you will not find two people the same ,thats the way to think of that M word my bloods red to. Just remember this what is the precentage of serial killers in the us white. So the next time you want to jump on the wagon with the supreme race about minoritys because your white , and better than thou , your still out numbered by skinn color, and lets not forget your arrogant, hitler ways,

    September 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |


    September 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spartacus

      Actually that's ONLY the case if the Black Baby in question, is YOUR son.

      For every single other living breathing Black Baby ever born in the past and that ever will be born in the future the TRUTH is that kid, MAKES HIS OWN LIFE GOOD OR BAD. Hopefully, along with some help from his parents.

      In your case, it can never happen, that kid would have a RACIST as his own father.

      Wake Up Man.

      Your living in the Dark Ages and looking to blame others rather than accepting responsibility for yourself and your own life.

      September 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. drstanley

    Hold on, first Troy Davis goes to a pool party where he shoots a man in his face. Second Troy Davis is driven to a convenience store wher he uses the same gun to pistol whip some poor homeless guy who had just bought a beer.
    This all happens BEFORE the off duty policeman is gunned down. This man is a bad apple. Based just on the first two incidents alone why does he deserve to be let loose?

    September 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spartacus

      I agree completely, the victims family said it first, none of these people know that, they didn't read the entire story.

      I did, and what is happening here is rediculous.

      I discovered all of that PLUS I found out He in fact got his chance and was given a re-hearing on the new evidence and he did not call one witness that recounted, did not present one shred of any type of new defense or present any new evidence, he just rambled on and on and on about nothing. But the Kicker is THIS, for shooting the guy earlier in that passing van he got in an argument with, he deserves to DIE 50 times over. And that much of it isn't even being disputed. He shot a guy in the face for calling him a name and then pistol whipped the guy arguing with the now dead man, this much we know for a fact, and like I said for this alone he is getting what he deserves. There is DOUBT...LEARN THE FACTS IN THIS CASE.

      September 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Spartacus


    my bad.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. duddude

    It should be enough that he walks around with a gun with an intent to kill an innocent human. Fry him. One less scoundrel to worry about.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Well okay then. What you've been reading among the comments is actually an argument between a host of transients who stumbled upon a stolen laptop in a dumpster and began revealing their own thoughts about the nature of this case. It graphically demonstrates that most homeless persons are suffering from schizophrenia. As for SpiderMonkey's "x-inlaws" asserting him to be an idiot, it's apparent that they were being too subtle.

    I'd also suggest that all of you stay away from the crack cocaine. It will only further your detachment from reality.

    September 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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