The Date For Troy Davis
Unless something changes, on September 21 the state of Georgia will poison Troy Davis. Chamblee54 has written about his case four times. ( one , two , three , four ) Regarding the guilt or innocence issue, this blog does not know. Mr. Davis was at the scene of the murder. The only question is who pulled the trigger, and killed Mark MacPhail. Since this is a death penalty case, the state should be much, much more convincing that Mr. Davis is the killer.
There is a wealth of information available about this case. Since the last time he wrote, PG has uncovered a couple of things. The first is a good look at the GDC profile for Troy Davis. It seems as though he was convicted of an assault on August 18, 1989. This is the night before the murder. This assault was probably the shooting Michael Cooper, after Mr. Davis left a party. ( Ruling 082410, page 3). The other possibility is that Mr. Davis was involved in an assault before he went to the party .
A journalist named Kavita Chhibber has a lot of material available about Mr. Davis. She has an interview with Mr. Davis. He talks, a lot, about his belief in G-d. This interview did not convince PG of the innocence of Mr. Davis.
In the previous stories about this case, PG was unable to find a picture of Sylvester “Redd” Coles. This has been corrected. Mr. Coles is said by some to be the killer of Mark MacPhail. He was at the scene of the crime, and owned a .38 handgun similar to the murder weapon. Mr. Coles, and his attorney, John Calhoun, went to the police after the shooting, and snitched out Troy Davis. The police believed the story of Mr. Coles. ( Ruling 082410 page 19 )
“When Coles took the stand, he admitted arguing with Young but said Davis hit the homeless man. He said he had already turned around to run from the parking lot when MacPhail was shot.
Questioned about why he sought out lawyer John Calhoun the day of the murder, Coles told the jury he had worked for Calhoun “off and on.”
The attorney had accompanied Coles to the police station, where he told officers that he saw Davis with a .38-caliber gun just before the murder.
“Why didn’t you just go straight to the police?” asked defense attorney Robert Falligant.
“I don’t know,” Coles said. “That’s what I chose to do.”
What Coles had not told police was that he, too, owned a .38-caliber gun. He later would admit it and say he had stashed the gun in some bushes before going to the Burger King. Coles had been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and could not legally carry a gun.
During the trial — and since — Davis’ various attorneys have repeatedly asked why Coles and another man at the scene, Daryl “D.D.” Collins, weren’t ever considered suspects by police. Why wasn’t Coles’ house searched after they learned he was carrying a gun that night — the same type as the murder weapon.
Police never recovered a murder weapon — or Coles’ gun or the one he said Davis owned. An expert on ballistics, however, testified that shell casings found near MacPhail’s body matched those found in the subdivision where another man, Michael Cooper, had been shot earlier that night at a pool party. Davis was linked to both locations. “( source )
The death penalty is clumsy and expensive. It is difficult to administer fairly. It is also very popular. How will poisoning the reputed gunman, in a 22 year old case, deter future killers ? There are things that PG does not understand. UPDATE: Troy Davis was poisoned by the State of Georgia September 21, 2011. The time of death was 11:08 pm