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Story Retrieval Date: 5/22/2013 6:46:59 AM CST
Thousands show support for the freedom of Troy Davis
Rallying for justice
WASHINGTON - Troy Anthony Davis has been on death row for 18 years for a murder many say he didn't commit.
In 1989 Davis was convicted of murdering Savannah, Ga., police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. Since his trial in 1991, seven of the nine witnesses have recanted their testimony and one has been implicated as the actual murderer.
Davis has had several stays of execution but no court has allowed the case to be reopened. Now it's in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Many have rallied in support of Davis including the NAACP, Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson and thousands of others who say it's only fair to fully evaluate a case before taking a life. Polly Miller says the justice system is making a huge mistake for which she doesn't want to be responsible.
"It's a miscarriage of justice that I don't want on my name as a citizen of the United States of America," said Miller.