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NAACP leaders support Davis stay of execution

By Len Kiese - bio | email

September 23, 2008

TERRELL COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Some South Georgia NAACP leaders planned to hold a vigil for Troy Davis Tuesday night. Instead, they celebrated his stay of execution.  

In 2007, the Georgia NAACP passed a resolution supporting Davis who's on death row for the murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah.

Leaders believe there are many doubts about his guilt and they say new evidence needs to be heard by the Supreme Court. Terrell County NAACP President Ezekiel Holley says guilty or not guilty, the death penalty is not the answer.

"Our heart goes out to the MacPhail family and their loss. We want to say that a life has been lost and can't be gotten back but we also want to say by killing one man, it doesn't bring back the one already dead," said Holley.

Reverend Holley says it shouldn't be up to man to decide human fate and it costs more to execute a person than to incarcerate them.

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