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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A federal judge denies Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis's innocence claim after rare two-day evidentiary hearing.
Davis was sentenced to death in 1991 for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.
"The court concludes that executing an innocent person would violate the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution. However, Mr. Davis is not innocent," U.S. District Court Judge William Moore Jr. wrote in his ruling. "The evidence produced at the hearing on the merits of Mr. Davis's claim of actual innocence and a complete review of the record in this case does not require the reversal of the jury's judgment." [Click here to read the judge's conclusion]
Davis's sister Martina Correia told WTOC that she was not surprised by the ruling.
Correia said Davis's lawyers will be having a conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss what routes they will take. She said there are still appeals they can make to make sure Davis's execution is not permanent. She said appeals are not out of the question.
MacPhail's son, Mark MacPhail Jr., said his family is very happy about the decision and they never had any doubts about who killed their father.
At the evidentiary hearing in June, the defense team tried to show ineffectiveness of original legal council in the trial. They also presented new testimony that they say proves Davis's innocence.
Davis's defense team tried making an issue out of the questioning of Larry Young -- the homeless man who was crying for help while being beaten who MacPhail was trying to help when he was shot -- after the shooting.
Robert Fallagend, Davis's original attorney, testified about taking on the case. He testified that he was approached by Davis's mother. He said he felt all three photographs should have been shown to witnesses for a lineup, but that only Davis's picture was shown.
Davis's defense attorneys said Coles, Davis and Daryl "D.D." Collins all should have been shown in a lineup.
Young was being harassed by Coles over the beer he was carrying, according to court documents. Witnesses testified at the time that Davis was also harassing Young and that he began to pistol whip him.
Coles said he was at the pool hall and got into an argument with Young and that Collins and Davis were there, according to court documents.
The defense team tried to show ineffectiveness of original legal council in the trial.
The prosecution argued in the hearing that:
People pinpointed Davis as the shooter.
Witnesses' recanting testimony is unreliable and defense did not meet the standards of proving Davis's innocence.
The defense team had witnesses they could have taken the stand, but they didn't call them to the stand just read their statements.