Convicted cop killer denied clemency
Troy Anthony Davis to be executed Sept.
By RHONDA COOK
The Atlanta Journal- Constitution
Friday, Septe mber 12, 2008
The state Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday refused to grant clemency to convicted cop killer Troy Anthony Davis even though seven of the nine witnesses again st him have since recanted.
For the second time in a year, the five- member board heard from both sides of the debat e — Davis ’ family, friends and attorneys Friday morning and prosecutors and the slain police officer’s family and prosecutor s in the afternoon.
• Metro and state news Davis is to be executed at 7 p.m. Sept. 23.
A Chatham County jury convicted and condemned Davis in 1991 for murdering Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail two yearsearli er. The evidence again st Davis came from eyewitness accounts, including a man some witnesses now say was the killer. MacPhail, a 27- year- old husband and father of two, was responding wails of a man being pistol- whipped in a Savannah Burger King parking lot late at night when he was shot by a man who then stood over the fallen officer and fired again and again .
Since he was put on Death Row, seven of the nine key witnesses again st him have recan ted. One of the two who did not change their story , Sylvester “Redd ” Coles , was at the scene and later told police Davis was the shoot er. New witn sses now say Coles confe ssed to them that he killed MacPhail, and others say Coles had a gun immediately after the shooting —- contrary to what Coles testified at trial .