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Davis’ clemency rejection brings mixed feelings

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Albany-Dougherty County's NAACP Chapter President David Williams was disappointed to hear the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for convicted cop killer Troy Davis.

"There's just too much doubt right now. There is too much doubt to kill an innocent man," said Williams.

Davis was convicted in 1991 for the killing of Savannah cop Mark MacPhail.

Since then, 7 of the 9 witnesses in the case changed their stories.  There was no physical evidence linking Davis to the shooting and the murder weapon was never found.

MacPhail's family hopes, after years of legal wrangling, Davis will finally be put to death.

"For someone to ludicrously say that he is a victim... We are victims. Look at us. We have put up with this stuff for 22 years and it's time for justice," said Mark MacPhail's widow, Joan MacPhail-Harris.

Amnesty International and the NAACP led a petition drive, hoping to get the Pardons and Paroles Board to call off the execution.  

Williams says it isn't a racial situation. He says the NAACP wants justice for a man they believe is innocent.

"It is an injustice regardless and it's not so much a black and white issue. I just think at this point the judiciary system got it wrong," said Williams.

"We are leaving what potentially can be a cop killer on the street and executing an innocent man to say we put someone to death in this case," William continued.

Some people we talked to said they didn't know enough about the case to have a strong feeling, but they all agreed there is an overwhelming loss.

"Obviously, there's one great tragedy in the lost of Office MacPhail's life, particularly when he was just doing his duty," said Maurice Melton.

Davis' execution is set for Wednesday night at 7.

There is still a strand of hope for Davis if the US Supreme Court has a last minute intervention, which few observers expect to take place.

 

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