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10/13/07

Dozens Come Out for Troy Davis March

Dozens of people are from all over the country are showing their support for a Savannah man now on death row.

Troy Davis has spent the last 16 years on death row after he was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer and today his supporters are rallying his cause with a march in Savannah.

It looked like a civil rights march from the 60's in the Bolton Street Baptist Church parking lot, where supporters for Troy Davis gathered. They're here because they think injustice is being done to Troy Davis.

"This case shows what's wrong with the death penalty. You have coercion, lack of evidence, witness recantation," said Davis' sister Martina Correia.

And that's why Martina Correia will not give up the fight for her brother, Troy, who was accused of killing off duty cop Mark MacPhail. Davis has been on death row for 16 years. Correia says from 1991-1996 Davis didn't have an attorney. His family said they've been fighting a technicality for evidence, in Davis' favor, to be heard. Davis was scheduled to be put to death on July 17th, but the Georgia Parole Board saw enough reason to order a 90 stay of execution. In August, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled it would hear Davis' case but today's marchers felt they still needed to be here.

Shareef Cousin is one of the marchers. He was convicted of first degree murder in Louisiana and spent over 10 years on death row before he was exonerated. He says in his case there was also a lack of physical evidence. Community support helped set him free.

"I came to show people that I'm exonerated and it's because people organized. So it does work," said Cousin.

Which is what Davis' sister would like to see happen here.

Correia says this peaceful march will play a part in Troy Davis' upcoming hearing with the Georgia Supreme Court.

"What we're trying to show is that Troy Davis deserves a new trial," said Correia.

And it was this mission that pushed these marchers to the steps of the Chatham County Courthouse.

"This was the place where the injustice of Troy Davis's conviction took place and so this is where the liberation of Troy Davis should take place," said Correia.

Davis' hearing is scheduled for November 13th at the Georgia Supreme Court in Atlanta.

The MacPhail family says the past 18 years has been like living a long nightmare and they just want closure soon.

Reported by: David Hall, dhall@wtoc.com