Troy Davis Facts & Testimonies

So the last few days I’ve been working with others again to try to bring more attention to the Troy Davis case. It was amazing to me to to hear different responses to different people about yesterday on Campus. I got all sorts of responses.
I’d ask, “So do you know about the Troy Davis’ case?” And they would respond:
“Yeah, tough luck, eh?”
“No, tell me.”
“No thanks, I don’t want any”
“You know, our problem in America is that we don’t execute them quick enough!”
When people would act sort of interested, I’d simply say, “Well, Troy is man who is scheduled to be executed for the killing of a police officer in 1989.”
Again, responses varied. Tonight, there will be a whole host of us, and others from other places marching on the Capitol square. Some, like Alan, are even flying in for the event. And there are whole buses of others coming from other places!
As I also said to people yesterday, this isn’t a pro/anti death penatly rally. While there is a place for that conversation, this is a conversation about a guy who in all likelihood will be executed in 4 days for a crime he didn’t commit. At least as the evidence (the testimonies of the witnesses) goes. For, once again, the only evidence in this case linking Troy to the killing is the witnesses, of whom 7 of the original 9 recanted or changed.
Also, here are a few affidavits containing evidence implicating another suspect in the Troy Davis Case (From: Amnesty International, ‘Where is the justice for me?’: The case of Troy Davis, facing execution in Georgia , Feb. 1, 2007):
Joseph Washington
“I saw Sylvester Coles – I know him by the name Red – shoot the police officer. I am positive that it was Red who shot the police officer…”
Tonya Johnson
“Red then took both guns next door to an empty house and put them inside the screen door and shut the door … he threatened me after this happened. He told me that he wanted to make sure that I did not tell the police about the guns he hid in the screen door that morning. This is why I did not testify about the guns at Troy’s trial because I was afraid of what Red would do to me if I did. I have not told anyone about this until now because I was still scared… But I have decided that I must tell the truth.”
Anthony Hargrove
“I know a guy named Red, from Savannah. His real name is Sylvester Coles. I’ve known Red for years and
we used to hang out together. Red once told me that he shot a police officer and that a guy named Davis took the fall for it. He told me this about a year or so after the officer was killed…”
Gary Hargrove
“I am sure that Red was facing in the officer’s direction when I heard the shooting. … I was never talked to by the police or any attorneys or investigators representing Troy Davis before his trial. I didn’t go up to talk to the police that night because I was on parole at the time and was out past my curfew so I didn’t want my parole officer to find out about that.”
Shirley Riley
“People on the streets were talking about Sylvester Coles being involved with killing the police officer so one day I asked him if he was involved… Sylvester told me he did shoot the officer …”
Darold Taylor
“I remember reading in the paper once about how a guy named Troy Davis got sentenced to the electric
chair… One day when I was in the parking lot of Yamacraw drinking beers with Red. I told him about how I’d heard that he was the one who killed the officer. Red told me to stay out of his business. I asked him again if he killed the officer and Red admitted to me that he was the one who killed the officer, but then Red told me again to stay out of his business.”
April Hester Hutchinson
“Red turned to me and asked me if I would walk with him up to the Burger King so ‘they won’t think that I had nothing to do with it’. That’s exactly what he said… I told [the police] that I saw Red talking to my cousin Tonya and that Red was real nervous. I did not tell them about what Red had said to me because I was scared he would hurt me. I was thinking that if he did that to a police officer, what would he do to me? I didn’t want to die like that officer, so I kept my mouth shut.”
Anita Saddler
“When I saw Red and Terry, they were jumpy and couldn’t stand still. Their eyes were shifting around and they were looking everywhere. They walked up to us and Red asked us to go up to Burger King and see what happened. Like I said, they were real nervous and fidgety. Red had a gun which was stuck into his shorts. I saw the outline of his gun through his white shirt. I had seen him with a gun many times before.”
Peggie Grant (mother of April Hester Hutchinson)
“A few hours later, April called me on the phone. She told me that she had had a conversation with Red
where he asked her to walk up with him to where the officer was shot so that the police would think that he was with her and not think he did anything.”
If you haven’t already spread the word, or signed a petition, its not too late. If you are a person of faith, and willing to pray, please pray.
Do what you can, where you can for justice!