SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Outside the Chatham County courthouse Troy Anthony Davis supporters could be heard singing and rejoicing.
Word had just come in that the United States Supreme Court had granted him a stay of execution.
"This is outstanding," said Pastor Willie Ferrell.
Some couldn't put how they felt into words; others said they were just excited and happy.
See these folks woke up this morning with the intent on standing outside the courthouse with their signs against the death penalty and their shirts showing support for Davis, but then at the last minute they all started receiving phone calls. News of what had happened and everything quickly changed.
"Hearing the news now I am overwhelmed, probably a bit teary. It's just such great news," said Jackie Griffith.
It's all anyone could talk about. What was supposed to be a somber day became a day for celebration. Marilyn Jackson said, "I ran all through the house they thought I had lost my mind."
Supporters happy now, but know it's not over.
Before they left the courthouse they said a final prayer, thanking God for answering their prayers and asking that he answer one more.
"I hope they will re-look at the evidence. They will look at the fact that the witnesses are recanting their statements. I think they need to open the case and really look at all the details," said Griffith about what she's hoping from the U.S. Supreme Court.