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Troy Anthony Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of Savannah police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail but many of the eyewitnesses who identified Davis as the shooter have recalled their testimony. Officer MacPhail was fatally shot in a Burger King parking lot in August of 1989. Davis’ defense lawyers are trying to save him from execution and have hired leading firearms expert witnesses. These expert witnesses have determined that the analysis done soon after the killing was deeply flawed. Ballistics expert witness Kelly Fite concluded that the fornesic analysis done in 1989 was “shoddy and questionable at best and patently wrong at worst.” The questions the defense has raised have bought Davis time. Ajc.com writes:
Last month, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles temporarily halted his execution, just 24 hours before it was to be carried out…And on Friday, the Georgia Supreme Court granted Davis a rare opportunity to make his case for a new trial.