Appeals for Georgia Man's Execution
In the USA Today article, a federal appeals court has halted the execution of Troy Davis, who is accused off killing an off-duty police officer in 1989. Davis, a Georgia man, has many supporters, like former President Jimmy Carter. They called for a new trial for Davis because seven of the nine witnesses who were against him have recanted their testimony.
The New York Times article said that this is the third time in 16 months that a stay of execution has been ordered in Davis’s case. Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection on Monday for killing officer Mark A. MacPhail in 1989. After the 1991 conviction, two witnesses said they had testified against Davis because they felt pressure from the police and three witnesses said a different man had admitted to the killing. Prosecutors had no DNA evidence or murder weapon. They only linked bullet casings found at the scene to a gun, which they said Davis had used that in earlier shooting. Davis’s sister thought that was a small victory in a big war. On the other hand, officer MacPhail’s mother that the case would be settled when the Supreme Court in Washington had ruled.