Innocence Blog

Stop the Execution of Troy Davis

Posted: September 13, 2011 1:25 pm


UPDATE: The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Troy Davis' petition for clemency on September 20. He is scheduled to be executed on September 21. Please take action by signing the petition calling on Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm to seeka withdrawal of the death warrant against Davis.

Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed next week in Georgia for a murder he has always said he didn’t commit. There are serious doubts about the evidence used to convict Davis, and today the Innocence Project is calling on the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to stop the execution so the evidence of Davis’ innocence can be thoroughly reviewed.

You can help by sending a letter to Georgia officials now calling on them to stop the scheduled execution.  Signing the petition to Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm.

Davis has served two decades on Georgia’s death row for the murder of a Savannah police officer in 1989. He was convicted almost exclusively on the basis of unreliable eyewitness identification testimony. Seven of the nine eyewitnesses who testified at his trial have since recanted, and new evidence points to another person as the real perpetrator.

The Innocence Project has consulted in the past with Davis’ legal team on eyewitness identification issues in the case, and the Innocence Network filed a friend-of-the-court brief in 2010 calling for a new trial. There are too many questions in Davis’ case for the State of Georgia to go forward with his execution