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Chatham County DA Weighs in on Davis Case

In a very unusual move, the United States Supreme Court has transferred the petition of Troy Anthony Davis to the local federal court.

The Supreme Court further instructed the local federal court to receive testimony and make findings of fact on whether there is evidence that was not presented at the trial 19 years ago, that clearly establishes that Troy Anthony Davis is innocent.

The citizens of Chatham County should be clear in their understanding that this is not a new trial of the case before a jury. The hearing of this case before a federal judge affords Troy Davis the opportunity to have any evidence that supports his innocence claim that was found after the trial to be heard all at one time in court. As a result, the case could continue to execution, be sent back for re-trial or appealed once again. We do not expect a quick outcome in any event.

The District Attorneys Office has no public comment on the substance of the Courts ruling or the facts of this case until the federal courts have concluded their hearings and appeals. The State will be represented in the local federal hearing by Georgia State Attorney General Thurbert Baker and his office."
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