Troy Davis Granted Third Stay of Execution

By Jonathan Adams Oct 27, 2008

Troy Davis, 40, was scheduled to die Monday at 7 pm (2300 GMT) by lethal injection for the 1989 killing of 27-year-old white policeman Mark Allan MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia. He has repeatedly claimed he did not kill McPhail and seven out of nine witnesses who gave evidence at his trial in 1991 have recanted or changed their testimony, which was the backbone of the prosecution’s case in the absence of a murder weapon, fingerprints and DNA. Other witnesses have since identified another man as the shooter — a state’s witness who testified against Davis. The appeals court on Friday gave Davis’ lawyers 15 days to file documents with the court, supporting defense claims that Davis is being wrongfully held in prison. [AFP]