Tony Davis and Mark MacPhail
On September 23 at 7 pm., the State of Georgia is scheduled to kill Troy Anthony Davis.
Mr. Davis is accused of the Murder of Mark MacPhail. As Wikipedia describes the incident: Mark Allen MacPhail, a 27 year old Savannah, Georgia police officer, was moonlighting as a security guard at a bus station in Georgia in the early hours of 19 August 1989. He was shot attempting to break up a melee in a Burger King parking lot. In full uniform he ran to stop a man who was striking a homeless man, Larry Young, with a .38 pistol. The assailant ran off. When MacPhail called out for him to stop, the assailant shot him under his bullet-proof vest and then in the head as he fell.
Tony Davis admits to being at the scene of the crime. He maintains he did not kill Mark MacPhail. Despite this, he was convicted in 1991 and sentenced to death.
The conviction was based on eyewitness testimony. The weapon was never found. There is no physical evidence linking Mr. Davis to the murder. Seven of the nine witnesses have recanted. There is evidence of police coercion of these witnesses. Two of the witnesses have been fingered as possible killers. For a roundup of these stories, go here and look in the comments.
The scheduled execution has gotten a lot of attention worldwide. Many celebrities are opposed. Anyone wishing to sign an online petition can go here.
Update: Chamblee54 has three more posts about Troy Davis.