Chatham Co. residents work to halt Troy Davis execution

Petitions delivered to the parole board from Chatham County residents
Petitions delivered to the parole board from Chatham County residents

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A petition with 240,000 signatures is set to be delivered to Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm.

The petition requests Chisolm to ask the Superior Court Judge to vacate the death warrant for Troy Anthony Davis.

Davis is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He was convicted in 1991 of the fatal shooting of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.

The petition, with signatures from those around the world, will be delivered to Chisolm at 9 a.m. Wednesday. A news conference will take place outside his office at 133 Montgomery St. before the petitions are delivered.

A petition with 10,000 signatures from Savannah residents had been delivered to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, calling on them to grant clemency for Davis. The group is also calling on the board to reconsider its decision.

"We are shocked, outraged, and deeply saddened by the decision of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole not to grant clemency to Troy Davis," said Sister Jackie Griffith, who is one of several people spearheading the efforts made by Savannah residents to prevent Davis's execution, in a statement. "But we will not stop raising our voices, speaking the truth that we know: it is unconscionable for the state of Georgia to execute a possibly innocent man. It is still not too late for the authorities to do the right thing."

After the petitions are delivered, a group of Chatham County residents, including students from Savannah State and Armstrong, will travel to Jackson, Ga.

They will participate in a vigil and protest near the prison grounds, where Davis's execution is scheduled to take place.

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