Troy Davis, who still sits on Georgia’s death row after being convicted of killing a police officer, despite seven of the nine witnesses at his trial having recanted their testimony, has been given a 90-day stay of execution.
The state Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday granted a stay of execution of up to 90 days to Troy Davis, 38, who was convicted of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989.
He had faced a Tuesday execution date before the board’s decision, which came after less than an hour of deliberation. The stay means the execution will be on hold while the board weighs the evidence presented as part of Davis’ request for clemency. The board must rule by Oct. 14.
Now, as Jeff said earlier, “I don’t know whether Troy Davis is guilty or innocent, and frankly, that shouldn’t be for me to decide, or you. But he shouldn’t be put to death with this much potentially exculpatory evidence swirling around.” Indeed. It’s not good news because I’m convinced of anything; it’s good news because it means we’re giving justice a better chance than it had before.