SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – A federal judge says Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis failed to prove his innocence after the U.S. Supreme Court gave him a rare chance to clear his name.
U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr.’s ruling Tuesday sets the stage for Georgia to resume plans for Davis’ execution nearly 20 years after a Savannah jury sentenced him to death for the slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.
In June, Moore heard two days of testimony from witnesses who sought to cast doubt on Davis’ conviction. Some said they falsely incriminated Davis at his 1991 trial, either out of spite or under pressure from police. Others said they had heard another man confess to being MacPhail’s killer.
Davis plans to appeal the ruling.