Troy Davis was convicted and sentenced to death row in 1991 for the murder of off-duty Georgia police officer Mark Allen MacPhail in 1989. Davis has been denied clemency, even though numerous witnesses recanted their testimonies.
After his sister started a petition on Change.org, the NAACP and Amnesty Irtenrational joined in to help organize a campaign to pull in more petitioners. Why are people trying to save Troy Davis? One tweet’s hashtag has the answer: #TooMuchDoubt. The Georgia Parole Board ruled in 2007 that they would not proceed with the execution of Davis unless there is “no doubt as to the guilt of the accused.”
In fact, last week Davis’s lawyers said three jurors from the trial issued sworn statements that they believed there was too much reasonable doubt to continue with the execution.
The NAACP is asking supporters to change their Facebook profile picture to the image inserted in this article which includes Davis’s image and the lines “Too much doubt; Save Troy Davis.”
Joan MacPhail-Harris, the victim’s widow, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she wants the execution to happen. “He’s guilty,” she said. “We need to go ahead and execute him.”
The 42 year-old is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection this Wednesday at 7pm.
To learn more about what you can do, visit NAACP’s Help Save Troy Davis campaign.