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Monday, June 21, 2010 - 11:42am

Death Row Inmate Gets Hearing

Death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis will get an opportunity to prove his innocence to a Savannah judge this week.

In the US district court in Savannah, Judge William T. Moore Jr. will consider new testimony and evidence to determine whether Davis is innocent of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989.

Davis’s sister Martina Davis Correia says it will be the first time her brother’s lawyer can present crucial evidence.
“When you have a person who has been convicted with nine eyewitnesses and seven have recanted and then nine additional witnesses came forward and said they either saw someone else do it or someone has confided in them they did the shooting, then Troy deserves a new trial.”

Correia says the judge will make a recommendation to the US Supreme Court on whether Davis should get a new trial.

Davis has been on Georgia's death row for 19 years for the murder of police officer Mark Allen McPhail. Three dates of execution have passed.

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