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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) -
Relatives from the families of Troy Davis and Mark MacPhail are speaking out after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Davis on Tuesday morning.
Davis has been on death row since 1991, when he was convicted of the fatal shooting of MacPhail, a Savannah police officer, in 1989.
Davis's attorneys went before the board to request clemency at a hearing Monday. The board heard testimony from witnesses and family members, and even jurors from the 1991 trial who say they now believe there is doubt in the case. Outside the building, Davis supporters rallied for his clemency.
"Obviously, we're disappointed, but we're going to visit Troy today. He's in good spirits, and we're going to keep him in good spirits. We will continue to fight until there's no avenues to take," said Martina Correria, Davis's sister, in a statement.
Davis is still scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Ga. This is the fourth time an execution date has been set for Davis.
Unlike other states, Georgia's governor cannot pardon an inmate. The board's decision is final.
Mark MacPhail Jr. told WTOC that he and his family are happy with the decision -- and they will be at the execution Wednesday night.
Both the NAACP and Amnesty International have condemned the board's decision and have called for a Day of Protest.
The board of pardons and paroles issued a statement saying that since 2000 they have commuted three death penalty sentences, but in this case, given the totality of the information presented and thoroughly deliberating, they would uphold the 1991 conviction and the death sentence.
Davis family members and the NAACP held a news conference in Atlanta. MacPhail's family will be speaking Tuesday afternoon.
WTOC will have more from both families on THE News.