Breaking News: Georgia Board Denies Troy Davis Clemency Despite Protests And Petitions

- By Bossip Staff


Despite all of the petitions signed, expressions of doubt and words of support spoken, the Georgia Board Of Pardons And Paroles has denied the request to free Troy Davis after hearing both his and his alleged victim’s families pleas.

“I am utterly shocked and disappointed at the failure of our justice system at all levels to correct a miscarriage of justice,” Brian Kammer, one of Davis’ attorneys, said Tuesday after the decision was announced.

Davis’ case has already taken more unexpected turns than just about any death-penalty case in Georgia history and his innocence claims have attracted international attention. Its resolution was postponed once again when the parole board late Monday announced it would not be making an immediate decision as to whether Davis should live or die.

Davis, 42, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson. He was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail.

On Monday, Davis’ lawyers said they believed they’d made their case that there is too much doubt in the case. But members of MacPhail’s family expressed confidence the board would deny clemency.

After Davis’ lawyers made their three-hour presentation, attorney Stephen Marsh emerged from the hearing and said, “We believe we have established substantial doubt in this case.”

Davis’ nephew, DeJaun Davis-Correia, pleaded for mercy from the board, Davis’ lawyers said.

Late Monday, Davis’ sister, Martina Correia, said her family is glad the parole board is taking its time.

“I know they have a lot to consider,” she said. “We’re just praying for a good outcome.”

As for her brother’s execution date being set on repeated occasions, “It’s been like reliving a nightmare over and over. … But we believe in our brother’s innocence.”

The surviving relatives of the slain officer presented a decidedly different front. They resolutely told the news media they believe Davis is a cop killer who deserves to die for what he did.

“He’s guilty,” MacPhail’s widow, Joan MacPhail-Harris, said. “We need to go ahead and execute him.”

MacPhail-Harris expressed confidence the board would deny clemency. “What a travesty it would be if they don’t uphold the death sentence. … It’s time for justice today. My family needs justice. He was taken from us too soon, too early.”

As for the case presented by Davis’ legal team that Davis was wrongly convicted, she said, “It’s been a lie.”

MacPhail-Harris was flanked by her 23-year-old daughter, Madison MacPhail, and 22-year-old son, Mark MacPhail Jr., who were a toddler and an infant when their father was killed.

“A future was taken from me,” said Madison MacPhail, unable to hold back tears. “The death penalty is the correct form of justice. … Troy Davis murdered my father, no questions asked.”

The officer’s mother, Anneliese MacPhail, said the family “has been through hell without Mark. He did his duty. He loved his country.”

When asked about the possibility of Davis being granted clemency, she said, “I don’t even want to think about it. Please.”

Officer MacPhail, a 27-year-old former Army Ranger, was moonlighting on a security detail when he ran to help a homeless man, who had cried out because he was being pistol whipped. MacPhail was shot three times before he could draw his handgun.

The parole board has the sole authority in Georgia to grant or deny clemency. Three years ago, the board denied clemency to Davis but it has three new members since that decision. Davis’ lawyers say there is also new evidence that indicates another man at the scene was the actual trigger man.

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  • Allen Forrest

    I wonder if he was white what would have been the outcome???

  • Mz Prez

    I petitiined. I pray for the souls of those who put this man where he is because they should get no mercy for what they have done.

  • lion

    I’ve looked over this case there’s too much reasonable doubt, should not have been found guity oin the first place. But that’s white America for you.

  • geekryderz

    If he is innocent, truly a sad story but black on black crime kills more innocent black men… If they wanna march about something let it be for something thats for the future

  • Steelcitychick

    @ Charia…the shooting prior to the shooting of the cop is also alledged, there’s no proof he did that either.
    I’m for the death penelty, but not when there’s too much doubt! Unfortunatly for Mr. Davis he was running with the wrong people, and ended up paying the price the the company he keeps!
    I hope he gets clemency, but won’t be suprised if he doesn’t. I to, signed the petition.

  • Christielove1468

    I hope that Troy Davis gets clemency,otherwise his lethal injection is scheduled for tomorrow evening at 7pm. Reports are surfacing about most likely that it was his accomplice,Coles,who killed Officer Mark Mac Phail. Coles may had copped a plea and got a life sentence in exchange for ratting out Troy Davis to the feds .

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  • Teou

    I think he did it and hes lying. He told a neighbor he did it because he didn’t want to be linked to earlier shooting. He also fled to atlanta from savannah. Also told dude in prison. He is just a good liar trying to play innocent and act as if he is an angel. His mother also lied and said he was at her place all night. He’s guilty.

  • gina

    Been looking at the case for years….alot of taxpayers money wasted! Running with knives…

  • team nymphis

    Things that start the morning off bad

    Knowing you’re getting hit with that needle tonight



    One problem that I see with this is that the same people thatare recanting their stories should have not been in the position where they had to give false statements. When u know that there is a life on the line for such a horrible crime the last thing u would want to do is give false statements! PERIOD!!

  • Mila

    Here’s my problem with the death penalty.Its not a christian act.The bible tells us to forgiveh our enemies,pray for them,and not to rejoice in their downfalls.So killing someone for their injustice is never justified.God always gets the last laugh.And IF this guy didn’t have some reasonable doubt,he would’ve never been granted an appeals.It just goes to show once again being a black man in this country get you nowehere.SN:The president could grant him questions asked.Someone better call berry o right now!

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