Barring a last-minute stay, Troy Davis is set to be be executed tonight for killing a policeman in Georgia two decades ago. His clemency bid has gained support from hundreds of thousands of people, including some members of the American University community in D.C. who have joined the efforts to spare Davis' life.
Davis was convicted of murdering a Savannah, Ga. police officer in 1989, but the case against him has been plagued with inconsistencies. His execution has been postponed three times; but tonight, his time may have finally run out.
Davis supporters in our community have travelled to the prison where the execution is slated for 7 p.m. On of them, American University Assistant Professor Gemma Puglisi befriended Troy Davis four years ago. As she delved into the case, she says, it became more obvious to her that it was a travesty of justice.
What made it even more sad, she adds, was that Davis never lost faith in the legal system that was seeking to put him to death. Puglisi will meet with Davis for the last time this afternoon before the execution takes place
“I’m just grateful to spend some time with him, what little time he has. Again, I still have some hope," she says. "And just tell him what an extraordinary friend he’s been and that the fight continues."
Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the prison demanding a last minute stay of execution. Seven of nine witnesses have recanted their testimony against Davis, and many legal experts consider the case against him to be flawed.