Please call the office of Larry Chisolm, the District Attorney for Chatham County, GA, today at 912-652-7308 and ask that he reopen Troy Davis' case. Please keep trying, as they seem to be inundated with calls. If you have friends or family members in Georgia, ask them to call and identify themselves as Georgia residents. But all calls are helpful.
Also please check this website on Friday or Monday for news of a possible decision by the United States Supreme Court about Troy's case. (Some of us will actually be at the Fast and Vigil outside the Supreme Court and should hear about it quickly!)
Troy Davis is on death row in Georgia for the 1989 murder of police officer Mark Allen MacPhail, a murder he almost certainly did not commit. (Click here for Amnesty International's detailed report about the case.) There was no evidence linking him to the murder, and the gun that killed officer MacPhail was never found. Troy Davis was convicted solely on the testimony of nine witnesses. One of the witnesses, Sylvester Coles, was a suspect in the case. Most of the others were 15 or 16 years old when they testified against Troy. Seven of those nine witnesses have since withdrawn their testimony.Several of the witnesses said that they initially told the police they did not know who killed Officer MacPhail, but were frightened and finally “told them what they wanted to hear.” One young woman said that she had seen Sylvester Coles with a gun immediately after the murder, but had not told police, because she was afraid of Mr. Coles and did not want to die.
There was a deadline for informing the court of these crucial changes in testimony, and Troy Davis’ attorney at the time missed that deadline. Therefore no court ever discussed the fact that most of the statements that put Troy on death row have been taken back. On April 16, 2009 the 11th Court of Appeals denied his second habeas corpus appeal, leaving a stay of execution until May 16. An execution date may be set for any time after May 16, 2009.
Please help save Troy Davis
In Georgia, only the Board of Pardons and Paroles can grant clemency, and it has declined to do so. But Governor Perdue can commute Troy’s sentence to life, which would buy time to prove his innocence. Please write to Governor Perdue and ask him to commute Troy’s sentence:
Governor Sonny Perdue
203 State CapitolAtlanta, Georgia 30334
You can also send Amnesty International’s letter online and find out more about Troy Davis at http://www.amnestyusa.org/. Click on “Take Action Online” in the drop-down menu under “What You Can Do.”heck this website often for updates on Troy’s case and for news about the death penalty in South Carolina, or contact info(at)sc-abolish.org or 843-312-9741 to help.