Troy Davis awaits execution as courts decide his fate

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Time and chances are running out for convicted killer Troy Davis. He is scheduled to be executed tomorrow night.

Earlier Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution for Davis. However, the fight to keep him alive continues.

Last week, former president Jimmy Carter wrote a letter for him to Pardons and Paroles and reverend Al Sharpton prayed with him over the weekend.

If Troy Davis is going to live past tomorrow night, his last chance may be with the US Supreme Court. They had scheduled a conference for September 29, but say a decision on his appeal will happen before tomorrow night.

It was almost 19 years ago when Troy Davis made his walk to incarceration after being arrested and convicted of murdering Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

Tuesday night, he may make the last walk of his life to his scheduled execution.

"I guess I am very heartbroken by it," Sister Jackie Griffith told WTOC.

Sister Jackie is with the Catholic Diocese of Savannah and has been an anti-death penalty crusader ever since she came to Savannah.

"It was about whoever was being executed. It was about the injustice of the system. Sacredness of life. I'm not into the details of the case as much as I am into upholding the sacredness of life. In this case, Troy Davis," Griffith said.

Griffith says she met Davis' sister Martina Correia, eight years ago. She didn't know her brother was on death row at the time, but soon found out.

These last two months, they have been in constant contact, through clemency hearings and rallies and when Correia found out her brother's clemency had been denied and the execution would stand.

"I told her I didn't know what to say to her," Griffith said. "What do you say to someone who is suffering this terrible suffering, just as the MacPhail family is suffering."

"That's not going to ease my pain and fill the hole in my heart," Anneliese MacPhail, officer MacPhail's mother said last week of the execution.

MacPhail won't be attending the execution. While she says there will never be closure, she's not so sure tomorrow will be the end.

"I always wait for that last minute change that could happen," she said.

Griffith is hoping the Board of Pardons and Paroles changes their mind. However, as the clock ticks, some think it may be too late.

"I don't think so. We have until 7pm tomorrow night according to the State of Georgia. It's never too late," Griffith said.

There will be a rally and vigil tomorrow night in front of the Chatham County Courthouse. Protesters are expected at the execution in Jackson, Georgia along with solidarity vigils across the country, from New York and DC to Nevada and California.