Savannah Church Holds Prayer Vigil for Troy Davis

By: Ap Email
By: Ap Email

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A Savannah church is holding a prayer
service to show support for a Georgia inmate scheduled for
execution next week despite his longstanding claims of innocence.

Family and supporters of death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis
planned to gather Saturday evening for the service at St. Philip
Monumental AME Church.

Davis is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday for the
1989 slaying of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty Savannah police officer
who was shot while rushing to help a homeless man being attacked.

Davis insists he's innocent and has avoided execution three
times since 2007. A federal judge ruled last year that Davis didn't
have enough evidence to clear his name, despite claims his lawyers
had made for years.

Now advocates are urging Georgia's pardons board to grant Davis
clemency.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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