Officer's killer slated to die

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ATLANTA - A man convicted of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989 will be executed July 17, the Department of Corrections said Friday.

The execution date was set after a Chatham County Superior Court judge signed Troy Anthony Davis' death warrant.

Mr. Davis, 38, is on death row for the Aug. 19, 1989, shooting death of Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen McPhail, who was killed while responding to an altercation.

Court records say Mr. Davis shot into a car in a Savannah subdivision and struck a man in the head, severely injuring him.

A few hours later, court records say, he struck another man in the head with a gun in a Savannah parking lot, where he soon encountered the officer.

Human rights groups have challenged Mr. Davis' conviction, citing race issues and witnesses who have since recanted their testimony.

One group, Amnesty International, said in a statement earlier this week that it believes Mr. Davis should be granted a new hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Monday refused to hear Mr. Davis' latest appeal.

The group said that Mr. Davis, who is black, was convicted of killing Officer McPhail, who is white, without any physical evidence.

Amnesty International also says several witnesses have implicated another man in the killing.

Previous appeals by Mr. Davis have failed.

His execution would be the second in Georgia this year. John Hightower was given a lethal injection Tuesday for killing his wife and two stepdaughters in Milledgeville in 1987.

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Pinchgut
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Pinchgut 06/30/07 - 05:23 am
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Juice him

Juice him

Unforgiven
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Unforgiven 06/30/07 - 06:57 am
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Why does everything have to

Why does everything have to be based on race especially here in Ga. I don't care if it's white on white, black on black or any other combination. Murder is murder.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/30/07 - 08:04 am
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Why the 18 year delay? The

Why the 18 year delay? The man killed a policeman. Why isn't he dead for more then 17 years?

getalife
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getalife 06/30/07 - 08:10 am
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This is our justice system in

This is our justice system in action, costing us taxpayers millions of dollars to house and feed these criminals. He showed no mercy or consideration for those he murdered. He didn't give them 18 years to think about dying. The appeal process is the reason for this long wait. Fry his sorry [filtered word].

intheknow
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intheknow 06/30/07 - 10:11 am
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Shot one person in the head,

Shot one person in the head, beat another one with a gun. SURE THEY HAVE THE WRONG PERSON. RIGHT.

bone
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bone 06/30/07 - 11:34 am
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july the 4th would be even

july the 4th would be even better - especially if GA used the chair. let him hold a couple of sparklers, too.

buckwheat00
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buckwheat00 06/30/07 - 11:50 am
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a killer is a killer

a killer is a killer regardless of the color of their skin or the victims skin...enough is enough...why has it taken so long to fry this guy? lets get this over with as hells doors are open and waiting...

mathmagician
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mathmagician 06/30/07 - 03:33 pm
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let him ride the

let him ride the lightening!!! ZZZZZZZZ

legal_works
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legal_works 07/01/07 - 06:55 pm
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sad thing is, he will not

sad thing is, he will not ride the lightening. I witnessed an execution by lethal injection and they die an easy death... go to sleep, that is it!!!! Too bad it takes 10 to 20 years of taxpayer's money to support them before they are executed...

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