Troy Davis, Convicted Cop Killer, Granted Stay of Execution in Georgia

Monday, July 16, 2007

ATLANTA —  The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday granted a stay of execution for up to 90 days for a man convicted of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989.

Troy Davis had faced a lethal injection tomorrow before the decision by the board after less than an hour of deliberation.

The stay means the execution will be on hold while the board weighs the evidence presented as part of the 38-year-old Davis’ request for clemency.

Earlier today, lawyers for Davis spent more than five hours pleading with the board to grant a reprieve to their client.

Prosecutors were given a chance during the closed-door hearing to rebut the request for clemency for Davis, who was convicted of the August 1989 murder of Officer Mark MacPhail.

The board’s options included  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .