A convicted cop killer who witnesses now say may not have committed the crime has been scheduled to be executed this month for the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah, Ga., police officer Mark Allen McPhail, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Troy Anthony Davis stands to be the 21st person to die in Georgia by lethal injection, on Sept. 23, assuming the state carries out the planned execution of Jack Alderman one week earlier.
Twenty-four hours before Davis was scheduled to be executed more than a year ago, the state parole board stopped it for at least 90 days. The board wanted to know more about the witnesses who recanted their testimonies. Nine witnesses testified in the 1991 trial that they saw Davis shoot the 27-year-old McPhail as he lay in a fast-food-restaurant parking lot. Seven of the witnesses now say they aren't sure who they saw shoot McPhail.