Troy Davis is set to be executed at 7 p.m. tonight, despite pleas for a new trial from around the world and mounting evidence pointing to his innocence. Davis was convicted in 1989 of shooting a police officer in a Savannah parking lot, a crime he has always said he didn’t commit. The central evidence against him at trial was the testimony of several eyewitnesses, most of whom have since recanted, saying the police coerced them into testifying against Davis. Attorneys for Davis have requested a new trial to hear these witness recantations, but Georgia’s courts have repeatedly denied Davis’ appeals. His last hope for a stay today rests with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Updates on the case:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: State supreme court denies Davis’ stay
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