UPDATE: After less than one hour of deliberation, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles granted Troy Anthony Davis a 90-day stay of execution. The stay means Davis' execution will be on hold while the board weighs the evidence presented as part of his request for clemency. (Associated Press, July 16, 2007).
Today (July 16), on the eve of Georgia's scheduled execution of Troy Anthony Davis (pictured), the state's Board of Pardons and Paroles will consider whether Davis should be granted clemency because of new evidence about his possible innocence. More than two decades ago, Davis was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer in Savannah. With no physical evidence linking Davis to the crime, prosecutors relied on the testimony of nine eyewitnesses to build their case against Davis. Since then, seven of the state's key eyewitnesses have recanted or changed their testimony, with some saying that their original statements were given only after police harassed them and pressured them to lie under oath. Some of the eyewitness say another man who testified against Davis during his trial, Sylvester Coles, is actually guilty of the crime.