Troy Davis attorneys to request clemency

Supporters holding photos of Troy Davis
Supporters holding photos of Troy Davis
Mark MacPhail
Mark MacPhail

ATLANTA (WTOC) - Attorneys for Troy Davis will ask for clemency from the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.

If clemency is granted, Davis would spend the rest of his life in prison. If he is denied clemency, Davis would be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday night, unless Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal grants him a pardon.

Davis was convicted in 1991 of fatally shooting Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. He has been on Georgia's death row for 20 years and his lawyers have appealed all the way through the courts.

Seven of the nine witnesses have since recanted.

Supporters for Davis are gathering before the 9 a.m. hearing Monday morning.

The vigil will be held in front of the James H. Floyd Building at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SE in Atlanta. It starts at 7:30 a.m. and is set to continue until the board delivers a decision.

Georgia ministers will offer prayers and read scriptures, death row exonerees, leaders of the human rights organizations involved will speak at the service, and local musicians perform.

Both Amnesty International and the NAACP have held several events in support of Davis. Last week, there were an estimated 300 rallies, vigils and events held nationwide and worldwide, according to a news release.

Nearly 1 million signatures have been collected in support of Davis – and 200,000 signatures have been collected just in the last 72 hours.

Over the weekend in Savannah, a prayer service at the St. Philip Monumental AME Church. Supporters and representatives from all over Georgia came out for the special service.

"We're just hoping and praying that the Pardons and Parole Board will take another look at this case. If there's 1 ounce of evidence that might free this man and show that he is completely innocent," said Georgia Sen. Gail Davenport, of District 44.

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