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11/13/07

State Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Troy Davis Case

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ATLANTA, GA--A hearing to consider the application for a discretionary appeal by a convicted killer is over.

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Troy Anthony Davis this morning. Davis' defense is trying to get him a new trial following his 1991 conviction for the murder of Mark MacPhail, a Savannah police officer.

The hearing got underway about 10am. District attorney Spencer Lawton and chief assistant DA David Lock represent the prosecution, Jason Ewart the defense. Each side got 20 minutes to argue before the justices.

Two of the seven justices were not present.

The defense wrapped up with a few minutes to spare, and Ewart came back to use the remainder of his time after the prosecution argued and DA Spencer Lawton used the last of his time to thank the justices.

The defense is focusing on a number of witnesses who have recanted their testimony from the 1991 trial. The prosecution is arguing the recantations are not credible.

The court has moved on to other hearings, and will ultimately consider today's arguments and make a decision regarding Davis' appeal. A decision will have to be made by the end of the the court's next session, and could come as late as the end of March.

WTOC had a crew in Atlanta for the hearing and will have the latest tonight on THE News.

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