Two hours before he was to be executed by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Troy Anthony Davis was given a stay of execution by the U. S. Supreme Court. Davis was scheduled to be put to death at 7 pm Tuesday, September 23, 2008, for the 1989 killing of Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail.
Just a few hours earlier, although still hopeful, his mother and sister had given Davis what they thought were their final good-byes.
Relatives of MacPhail, two of whom were scheduled to witness Davis’ execution, were bitterly disappointed but said they would return when it is rescheduled.
If Davis is killed for this crime, whether he did it or not, the MacPhail family may find pleasure or a sense of justice in his death, but it will be fleeting. The hatred consuming them will eventually destroy them as well.
The Justices are set to meet next Monday to decide whether to hear Davis’ appeal of a ruling issued by the Georgia Supreme Court in March. In that 4-3 decision, the state Supreme Court rejected Davis’ bid for a new trial or a court hearing to present new evidence.
Seven of nine eyewitnesses to the shooting of MacPhail have recanted since Davis’ conviction, one of the two remaining widely believed to be the actual killer.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution