Evidentiary hearing set for Troy Davis

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - An evidentiary hearing has been set in the case of death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis.

Davis was convicted for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail and has been on death row since his conviction in 1991.

Since then, seven witnesses have recanted their testimony and an effort to free Davis has gained both national and international attention.

Over the years, he's filed numerous appeals and received several stays of execution.

The evidentiary hearing is scheduled for June 30 at the US District Court in Savannah. The US Supreme Court ordered the federal court in Savannah to hear Davis' innocence claim in August last year.

The move was extraordinary, as death penalty appeals normally focus on process and procedure rather than innocence or guilt.

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