“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace. But I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath. Georgia is prepared to snuff out the life of an innocent man.”
Troy Davis (via Dave Zirin and
JACKSON, GA (WTOC) - The US Supreme Court has granted a week-long stay of execution for Troy Anthony Davis just under two hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.
Davis is in the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia where family and supporters gathered to protest the scheduled execution (see Davis refuses last meal hours before scheduled execution).
Davis' sister Martina Correia knows it's a long road, but says they're not giving up.
"We still have to get the Supreme Court to hear the case and hear the arguments but I know if they will take this case that one day my brother will be vindicated and walk free," she said. "I just want to pray for the victim's family. I know that they're hurting and everything but Troy is not guilty of this crime. We dishonor Officer MacPhail by killing Troy and I think that the Supreme Court showed us today there's something going on when we're rushing to execute somebody before they even have an opportunity to review the case."
Activist reverend Al Sharpton led Davis' supporters in prayer after they found out about the stay.
Annelie Reaves, Mark MacPhail's sister, issued a statement outside of prison in Jackson after the stay was issued.
"We feel Troy Davis has been denied every due process," said Reaves. "The Supreme Court denied him in '07 and we know there is nothing new in the case. It will be heard one more time and we feel justice will finally be served."
When asked what she thought about the number of witness who have recanted their testimony, Reaves responded, "You hear so much stuff and you just don't know what to believe. If they want to recant, fine, then they should all be charged with perjury and serve their sentences as well."
Reaves also added Davis' execution, "should have happened today."
The US Supreme Court will review Davis' request for an appeal on September 29.
Source: WTOC 11