Police group: Execute Troy Davis

It's time for Troy Anthony Davis to be executed for the 1989 slaying of Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail, the director of Georgia Fraternal Order of Police said Friday.

"The family's had to relive this for almost 20 years," said Carlton Stallings of the victim's family. "It's time for the justice system to do what it's supposed to do."

Mr. Stallings noted that the murder conviction of Davis repeatedly has been reviewed and affirmed by appellate courts. His comments came as about 100 Fraternal Order of Police trustees are meeting in Savannah for their annual conference.

Mr. Davis was convicted and sentenced to die in 1991 by a Chatham County Superior Court jury for the Aug. 19, 1989, slaying of Officer MacPhail.

The young officer, working off-duty at the Greyhound Bus Terminal/Burger King restaurant on Oglethorpe Avenue, was gunned down by a single shooter as he ran to assist a homeless man under attack in the parking lot.

A series of appeals has spared the life of Mr. Davis. His attorneys have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to halt another execution date.

That appeal remains pending.

Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm repeatedly has declined to comment while the appeals continue.

Mr. Davis remains on death row at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison at Jackson.

Mr. Stallings, a retired Georgia State trooper of 33 years, is president of the state Fraternal Order of Police and its 4,000 members.

He said police are frustrated by the continuing delays in the Davis execution and want to make known their support for Officer MacPhail and his family. The bulk of media attention has been focused on the pro-Davis voices, Stallings said.

Because the FOP members are meeting in Savannah - site of Officer MacPhail's slaying - they felt it appropriate to dedicate the meeting to him, Mr. Stallings said.

"There's another side to this story," he said. "We have complete confidence in the justice system."

On the Web

Go to savannahnow.com to view a video about the life and trials of Troy Anthony Davis.

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