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21-09-11 Davis Execution Delayed Supreme Court Weighs Plea

21-09-11 Davis Execution Delayed Supreme Court Weighs Plea

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Published by William J Greenberg
"We are in a delay, waiting for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court," Peggy Chapman of the Georgia Department of Corrections told NBC News. "There has not been a reprieve issued."
"We are in a delay, waiting for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court," Peggy Chapman of the Georgia Department of Corrections told NBC News. "There has not been a reprieve issued."

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NBC News and news services
updated 4 minutes ago
Davis execution delayedSupreme Court weighs plea
Davis execution delayed Supreme Courtweighs plea
State holds off while waiting for decision; vigils held from Georgiato Paris
ATLANTA— Convicted killer Troy Davis filed an eleventh-hourplea Wednesday evening asking the Supreme Court to stopGeorgia authorities from executing him for the 1989 murder of anoff-duty police officer. The 7 p.m. execution time passed, and state officials waited for aresponse from the Supreme Court, which had no deadline for adecision."We are in a delay, waiting for a decision from the U.S. SupremeCourt," Peggy Chapman of the Georgia Department of Correctionstold NBC News. "There has not been a reprieve issued."Hundreds of Davis supporters gathered outside the Jackson prisonand lined a nearby highway. Crowds cheered and sang "We ShallOvercome" as news of the lethal-injection delay spread. Police infull riot gear were on hand to deal with any possible disturbance if the execution goes ahead. The last-ditch effort with the U.S. Supreme Court came just 45minutes before the execution was scheduled and after stateofficials refused to grant Davis a reprieve in the face of calls for
 
clemency from former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVIand others.Late Wednesday afternoon, Georgia's Supreme Court hadrejected a last appeal by Davis’ lawyers. Earlier, a Butts CountySuperior Court judge also declined to stop the execution.Davis was convicted in the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannahpolice officer Mark MacPhail.In their U.S. Supreme Court filing, Davis' attorneys said"substantial constitutional errors" were made when the lowercourts denied his claims that "newly available evidence revealsthat false, misleading and materially inaccurate information waspresented at his capital trial in 1989, rendering the convictionsand death sentence fundamentally unreliable," NBC Newsreported. The lawyers said they've been struggling to get these claimsheard in the lower courts "after having a grueling clemencyprocess." There was no guarantee justices would act in time to stop theexecution, but they likely knew the filing was coming, NBC Newssaid.Davis and his supporters have maintained his innocence.Prosecutors have stood by the case.Davis' supporters held vigils outside Georgia's death row and asfar away as London and Paris. They also tried increasinglyfrenzied measures, urging prison workers to stay home and evenposting a judge's phone number online, hoping people will presshim to put a stop to the lethal injection."We're trying everything we can do, everything under the law,"said Chester Dunham, a civil rights activist and talk show hostprotesting in Savannah, where MacPhail, 27, was killed.
 
Outside the Jackson prison that houses Georgia's death row,about 100 people, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, gatheredWednesday afternoon for a prayer rally. As they shouted, "Free Troy Davis!" a man in a red SUV drove by and shouted, "Kill him!Kill him!"Several dozen people gathered outside the White House toprotest the execution. They held signs condemning it as a"lynching" and chanted "Too much doubt" and "What do we want? Justice!"About 150 people gathered in support of Davis in Paris, many of them carrying signs emblazoned with his face. "Everyone wholooks a little bit at the case knows that there is too much doubt toexecute him," Nicolas Krameyer of Amnesty International said atthe protest.Davis' execution has been stopped three times since 2007, but onWednesday the 42-year-old appeared to be out of legal options.
Troy Anthony Davis
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Age:
42
Hometown:
Savannah, Ga.
Sentenced to die for:
Aug. 19, 1989, murder of off-dutySavannah, Ga., police officer Mark MacPhail.
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Maintains his innocence. List of supportersinclude former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI,Desmond Tutu.As his last hours ticked away, an upbeat and prayerful Davisturned down an offer for a special last meal as he met withfriends, family and supporters. His attorney Stephen Marsh saidDavis would have spent part of that time taking a polygraph testif pardons officials had taken his offer seriously.

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