Troy Davis' family waiting on US Supreme Court

By David Hall - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - He's missed another date with death as everyone waits to hear what the United States Supreme Court has to say about Troy Davis' case.

Davis is on death row, convicted of killing Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

WTOC spoke with Davis' sister to see how she's handling the long wait for a final answer.

"We were elated because we had been praying so hard for intervention," said Martina Correia.

Intervention came when the US Supreme Court stepped in at the last minute and granted a stay of execution until they could review his case. Now Davis' sister and family wait for the justices decision to select and hear Davis' case.

"We're very prayerful and very hopeful," said Correia. For her, the last 19 years has been about patience.

"There's been like four hearings. The habeas hearing, the 11th circuit court of appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court and then there we tried to get the federal court here in Savannah," said Correia.

Correia says she's hoping this time the justices see what she sees.

"No physical evidence and witnesses recanting, there has never been a case like this in US history and you are still pushing for an execution," said Correia.

For now, Correia and family are just waiting, but they are not alone. Just this past weekend, local supporters gathered to show support.

"No matter what happens we have faith and we know that we have had years with Troy and we know what kind of person he is," said Correia.

If the US Supreme Court accepts the appeal, hearing dates would be scheduled for early next year and the stay of execution would remain in effect.