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07/16/07

Troy Davis Supporters Thrilled A 90-Day Stay Was Granted

Davis' sister believes her brother is innocent. Davis' sister believes her brother is innocent.
Board of Pardons and Parole spent hours listening to both sides. Board of Pardons and Parole spent hours listening to both sides.

It's another chance to save his life and Troy Anthony Davis supporters couldn't be happier. "It's the best news; Martina called me, his sister, and she said the good news. We got it. We have 90 days," said Aleta Toure, a Davis supporter.

Toure, along with dozens of other volunteers, has been working to get one message out that the wrong man is on death row. Davis has spent the past 15 years there for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark McPhail.

He was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday evening, but because of the 90-day stay, that won't happen.

"What this milestone means is we have some time, we have time for lawyers, time to get support and time to convince parole board," said Toure.  

Monday the Board of Pardons and Paroles spent hours listening to both sides. Before the decision was reached, Davis' sister, Martina Carreia, said she knows how hard this has been on MacPhail's family, but strongly believes the wrong man has been accused. "I have prayed for his family. I have prayed for peace and understanding, but killing Troy when there is so much doubt and possible innocence, dishonors his memory," she said.

Davis' family is thrilled with the decision, but know they still have a long road ahead of them. They will have to try to prove once again that Davis is not guilty of the crime.

Time after time, his appeals were turned down, but at this moment they are hopeful that with this chance his life will be saved.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com

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