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The Appeals of Troy Davis

Georgia Death Row Inmate Fights for His Life


Troy Anthony Davis

Troy Anthony Davis

Mug Shot
On Aug. 19, 1989, an off-duty Savannah, Georgia, police officer Mark Allen MacPhail was working a moonlighting job as a security guard for a Greyhound bus terminal when he heard a homeless man cry out from the Burger King parking lot next door.

When MacPhail went to help the man, who had been hit in the head with a pistol, he was shot in the face and chest and died. Nine witnesses testified at the 1991 trial that Troy Davis assaulted the homeless man and then shot officer MacPhail when he came to help.

Latest Developments

Finally, Justice for Officer Mark MacPhail
Sept. 21, 2011
After 22 years and numerous frustrating delays, including a lengthy one on the final day, the family of Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail finally received justice. Convicted cop killer Troy Anthony Davis was executed today by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson.

Troy Davis Execution Scheduled Again
Sept. 15, 2011
For the fourth time in four years an execution date has been set for a Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing an off-duty policeman 22 years ago. Troy Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday, Sept. 21, for the shooting death of Savannah policeman Mark MacPhail in 1989.

Previous Developments

Supreme Court Rejects Troy Davis Appeal
March 28, 2011
The U.S. Supreme refused to hear the appeal of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis leaving him few options to avoid execution. Without comment, the high court turned away two appeals from Davis case, opening the door for the state to reschedule his execution.

Troy Davis Files Another Appeal
March 2, 2011
After years of attempts, Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis finally got his chance to present evidence before a court to prove that he was innocent of killing Savannah policeman Mark MacPhail in 1989. But the judge ruled that Davis' new evidence was mostly "smoke and mirrors" and rejected his claim of innocence.

Troy Davis 'Failed to Prove Innocence'
Aug. 24, 2010
Calling the defense claim of innocence "smoke and mirrors," a federal judge has ruled that a Georgia death row inmate failed to prove his case in a rare innocence hearing ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. said the evidence presented at the June 24 hearing fell short of proving Troy Davis' innocence.

Troy Davis 'Innocence' Hearing Ends
June 24, 2010
Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis finally got the opportunity to present new evidence that he says points to his innocence in the shooting of a Savannah policeman 21 years ago.

Judge Sets Hearing for Troy Davis Appeal
April 27, 2010
Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis will finally get a chance to present evidence to attempt to show his innocence for the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah police officer. A federal judge set a June 30 date for the hearing, ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court last year?

Troy Davis to Get New Court Hearing
Aug. 17, 2009
A convicted Georgia killer will get a new hearing on new evidence in the case after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a federal judge to hold a hearing. Death row inmate Troy Davis was convicted of the 1989 shooting death of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail.

Troy Davis Gets Another Execution Reprieve
Oct. 24, 2008
A federal appeals court has given Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis another stay of his scheduled execution while his attorneys scramble to continue the appeal process.

Supreme Court Rejects Troy Davis' Appeal
Oct. 13, 2008
Three weeks after granting him a reprieve until they could review his appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to give Troy Davis a full hearing on his death penalty appeal. Davis was scheduled to be executed September 23, but was granted a stay two hours before he was set to die.

Cop Killer Gets Last-Minute Reprieve
Sept. 23, 2008
Less than two hours before his scheduled execution, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a reprieve to a Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing an off-duty police officer in 1989. Troy Davis, 39, had been scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Court Turns Down Appeal of Troy Davis
March 17, 2008
The Georgia Supreme Court has turned down an appeal for a new trial for Troy Davis, convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. The court voted 4-3 to rule that the lower trial court did not abuse its power by rejecting a new trial or a hearing on new eyewitness evidence.

Condemned Killer Gets 90-Day Stay
July 17, 2007
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles granted a 90-day stay of execution to convicted cop killer Troy Anthony Davis so that the board can have time to review evidence presented in his clemency hearing. Davis' attorneys told the board that several witnesses had recanted or changed their testimony.

Execution Set for Troy Anthony Davis
July 14, 2007
A Georgia judge has reject a desperate, last-minute appeal aimed at trying to stop the execution of convicted cop killer Troy Anthony Davis, schedule for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Davis' case has become a cause for anti-death penalty groups because several witnesses in his 1991 trial have recanted their testimony.

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