Troy Anthony Davis, the Georgia death row inmate who has escaped execution on three previous occasions, must wait until September to learn whether the U.S. Supreme Court will make a decision that could spare his life for good.
The high court was scheduled to announce Monday whether it would hear Davis’ case, which has gained international support.
On Monday, supporters delivered about 60,000 signatures in petitions to Chatham County, Ga., District Attorney Larry Chisolm, calling for a new trial.
Davis was convicted of shooting to death a Savannah, Ga., Police officer two decades ago, but at least seven of the nine witnesses whose testimony led to his death sentence have since recanted. Last fall, just two hours before Davis was to be put to death by lethal injection, the Supreme Court halted the execution. However that stay was lifted the following month, only to have a federal appeals court issue yet another stay of execution.
Speaking of the most recent delay, Laura Moye, director of Amnesty International USA's Death Penalty Abolition Campaign, said that although Davis must remain on death row, the decision probably means there are serious concerns about the case.
"This delay is an indication that the Supreme Court is concerned by the gravity of Troy Davis' innocence claims," said Moye. "We will continue to call on all authorities, including the Supreme Court, to finally hear the evidence that has motivated hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to raise their voices and demand justice."