Activists call for new Troy Davis trial

Activists are planning a rally at the Georgia Capitol to protest the scheduled execution of Troy Davis, who was convicted of killing a Savannah police officer.

Davis, who is scheduled to be executed Sept. 23, says he should
be granted a new trial after several witnesses who testified
against him recanted their statements.

Amnesty International, the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, local politicians and two death row
exonerees are scheduled to speak at the rally.

The execution has drawn the ire of the groups, who say the state should wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to discuss the case.

Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of 27-year-old officer
Mark MacPhail, who was working off-duty as a security guard at a
bus station.


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