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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 1:31pm

Witnesses Recant Testimony

Updated: 4 years ago.
Davis’ legal team hopes to convince a judge their client did not kill Savannah Police officer Mark MacPhail. (photo: Georgia Department of Corrections)

The first day of a federal hearing for death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis wrapped up Wednesday in Savannah.

Davis’ legal team hopes to convince a judge their client did not kill Savannah Police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.

They presented witnesses who identified Davis as the killer during the 1991 trial, but who told the judge Wednesday they were pressured to name Davis and in fact do not think he’s the killer.

GPB’s Orlando Montoya spent the day in court and he says this hearing has drawn hundreds of spectators:

MONTOYA: "Outside the courtroom there are a lot of people interested, a lot of people from Amnesty International with signs. We are on the square where the courthouse is, and inside the courtroom it’s packed. They are only giving out 90 passes each day for people who show up very early in the morning to get them."

During this hearing the prosecution is expected to present new evidence of some bloody shorts that state attorneys say will link Davis to the murder.

The hearing is expected to last through Friday.

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