By Special to the Daily World
SAVANNAH, GA – More than 100,000 people, 3,000 of them from Georgia, have joined a popular campaign on Change.org launched by the sister of Troy Davis, a Georgia man scheduled to be executed on Sept. 21, 2011.
An average of 2,000 people have been joining the campaign every hour since it was launched last Friday.
Troy Davis’ sister, Kimberly Davis, of Savannah, launched the campaign on Change.org by calling on the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency and save her brother’s life.
Convicted in 1991 of the 1989 murder of a Savannah police officer, Davis’ case has attracted international attention because of inconsistencies in witness testimony and a lack of evidence tying Troy to the murder. Seven witnesses have recanted their testimony against Davis and others have indicated another man as the killer.
Kimberly Davis hopes to convince the board to spare her brother’s life at a clemency hearing set for Sept. 19 at 9 a.m.
“There is too much doubt in this case to execute Troy,” said Davis. “Following Troy’s trial, all but two of the state’s non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony. I just can’t see why the state of Georgia would want to execute a man when there is so much uncertainty in his case. The world is watching Georgia.”
News of the online petition campaign’s success is likely to increase pressure on the Georgia Board of Parole and Pardons.