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Troy Davis
Please bear with us as we transfer documents and information from our other site and reorganize this page.  Please check back soon for more comprehensive discussion of Troy's case.  In the meantime, learn more about Troy's case here.
Timeline & Case Documents

Crime: 1:00 a.m. 8/19/89
First Suspected: 18 hours later (after Redd Coles implicated him)
Wanted Poster: 8/19/89
Surrendered: 8/23/89
Photo Arrays: Photo lineups conducted 5-10 days after Savannah was saturated with same image.
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Incriminating Evidence
State's Nine Key Witnesses:
Sylvester "Redd" Coles
Larry Young
Harriet Murray
Daryl "D.D." Collins
Antoine Williams
Dorothy Farrell
Stephen Sanders

Jeffrey Sapp
Kevin McQueen

Defense:
Innocent bystander
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Trial: August 23-28, 1991
Guilty Verdict: 8/28/91
Death Verdict: 8/30/91
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Motion for New Trial
Filed:
Decision: 3/16/92
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Direct Appeal
Filed:
Decision: 3/23/93
Cert. Denied: 11/1/93
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State Habeas
Filed
Argued:
Denied: 9/5/97
Appealed
GA S.Ct. Affirms: 11/13/00
Cert. Denied: 10/1/01
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Federal Habeas
Filed:
D.Ct. Denied: 5/13/04
11 Cir. Affirms: 9/26/06
Cert. Denied: 6/25/07
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Successor Habeas
Filed:
Hearing:
Decision:
Appeal:

O'Connor/Innocence Matters Amicus Work: 7/3/07-9/21/11

Letter to GAPAP:
Amicus Brief 1:
Amicus Brief 2:
Amicus Brief 3:
Amicus Brief 4:

Troy's Execution: 9/21/11

Troy's Posthumous Exoneration: ??

Troy Davis: October 9, 1968--September 21, 2011

First of all, I'd like to address the McPhail family. I'd like to let you all know that despite the situation, I know all of you still are convinced that I'm the person that killed your father, your son and your brother. But I am innocent.

The incidents that happened that night was not my fault. I did not have a gun that night. I did not shoot your family member.

I am so sorry for your loss. I really am. Sincerely.  All that I can ask is that each of you look deeper into this case so that you really will finally see the truth.

I ask, to my family and friends, that you all continue to pray, that you all continue to forgive and continue to fight this fight.

For those who are about to take my life, may God have mercy on all of your souls.  God bless you all.


Troy Davis: Innocence on Georgia's Death Row

Troy is the inspiration for Innocence Matters.

We are proud and honored to have had the opportunity to assist on the Troy Davis case - an innocent man on Georgia's death row. Since July 2007, on behalf of Innocence Matters, Deirdre O'Connor worked pro bono to help free Troy.   

Our work on Troy's case included drafting several amicus
 briefs filed in the Georgia Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court from 2007 through 2009.  We
 also assisted in the grassroots advocacy campaign and engaged the broader legal community in the fight to save an innocent man.  We maintained regular contact with Mr. Davis throughout and were committed to helping him find justice.  

Tragically, despite considerable evidence of his innocence and the valiant efforts of so many advocates, Troy was executed on September 21, 2011.  

There were victories along the way that are easy to forget as we come to terms with Troy's death.  It is important, however, to recognize these victories and to make sure that other innocent people continue to benefit from them.  

Most notably and against all odds, on August 17, 2009, the United States Supreme Court brought Troy one step closer to justice when they finally ordered the District Court to hear Troy's evidence of innocence.  Innocence Matters Executive Director Deirdre O'Connor drafted the NAACP amicus brief.  In this decision the Court implicitly recognized a freestanding claim of actual innocence.    

Where do we go from here?  We continue to do the work we set out to do: prove Troy's innocence.  
In the weeks and months ahead, we will finish transferring and uploading documentation of Troy's innocence.  We hope you will continue to maintain an interest in Troy's case. 

In the meantime, to learn more visit Free Troy Davis.