9 Things to Know About The Troy Davis Execution Controversy

September 19, 2011  |  

By Alexis Garrett Stodghill

Troy Davis has been on death row in Georgia for over 20 years after being convicted of murdering Savannah policeman Mark Allen MacPhail in 1991. During that dramatic period, the prisoner has faced a perilous series of reversals during which his date of execution was repeatedly set and repealed. Today — for the fourth time — “the parole board is scheduled to meet once again to determine whether Davis should live or die,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His execution is set for Wednesday of this week, despite solid evidence that Davis is innocent. There has been an outpouring of support for his release from around the world, as details in his case emerge that cast doubt on the prosecution’s case. Here are nine things you need to know about the Troy Davis execution controversy, which might inspire you to join in his cause of just liberation.

UPDATE: Troy Davis was executed and pronounced dead at 11:08 pm on Tuesday, September 21.

Almost One Million People Believe He is Innocent

“On Thursday, Davis’ supporters gave the state Board of Pardons and Paroles the names of 663,000 people asking Davis be spared execution,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In addition, AFP reports that, “Davis supporters say close to one million people worldwide have signed petitions calling for clemency[.]”

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