Families React to New Trial Denial For Troy Davis

Troy Davis was denied a new trial.
Troy Davis was denied a new trial.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The future of convicted cop killer Troy Davis remains up in the air after an appeal for a new trial was denied.

The decision came down from the Georgia Supreme Court early Monday morning.

Last November, the Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides.

On one side, Troy Davis' family and attorney's, who say the man sentenced to death 16 years ago, convicted of killing Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail, was the wrong man. They say new evidence proves it.

On the other side, Chatham County prosecutors and the MacPhail family, who have fought every appeal looking for closure and punishment for the man Anne MacPhail believes killed her son.

"It has been a nightmare," Anne said. "I don't think I can go through another trial."

"It's outrageous," Martina Correia said.

Correia is Davis' sister. Along with Amnesty International, Correia spoke in Atlanta after the decision was announced. She called out four of the seven justices who denied the new trial request on what she called a "technicality,' but vowed to keep fighting for her brother's life.

"This is the beginning of a long hard battle," she said. "In the end we will win."

"I will never know closure," Anne MacPhail said. "I know you can't."

Chatham County Assistant District Attorney David Lock told WTOC he was happy with the decision to deny a new trial.

"We are pleased with the decision," Lock said. "I feel it reaffirms and gives credibility to the manner in which we prosecuted the case."

Troy Davis' attorney's have two options now. They have ten days to file a motion of reconsideration with the Georgia Supreme Court.

They can also file an appeal with the United States Supreme Court. They have 90 days to file. Those 90 days depend on if they use the 10 days to file the motion with the Georgia Supreme Court.

Regardless, the Board of Pardons and Parole says it will be a very long time before a clemency hearing is heard again, if it comes to that.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com