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Friday, September 12, 2008

Troy Davis hearing today

Hundreds of people rallied outside the Capitol Thursday evening in a final attempt to convince the state Pardon and Parole Board that Troy Davis shouldn’t be executed. Davis has been on death row since 1989 for the murder of a Savannah police officer. Although there was no physical evidence linking Davis to the murder and seven of the nine witnesses who originally identified him as the killer have recanted their testimony the state has given a Sept. 23 date for Davis’ execution. His last hope is the parole board, which meets today to hear testimony about the case. The two-hour rally included speeches by Davis’ sister, state Sen. Vincent Fort and two of 129 death row inmates who have been exonerated nationwide in the last 35 years. Davis also spoke to the crowd through a cell phone call from the prison where he is held. The board is expected to make a ruling on the case sometime in the next week.

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See more photos from yesterday's Troy Davis rally at the Capitol here.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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