Sunday, February 12, 2012

I would be executed instead of Davis was killed. I will continue to fight against the death penalty in his name

They try to keep cell death in Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson clean his nose is mainly an antiseptic. But no matter how hard they try, the stench of death is impossible to get rid of him. I know because May 24, 1984 I had to be executed in the same place that Troy Davis was killed Thursday. The electric chair was ready and my head about to be shaved, but a few hours before the execution time that I have received a pardon. Troy was not as lucky.

The observation cell is itself like most cells in the death row: 8 feet by 6 feet, a stainless steel toilet and sink combination, a slab bed welded to the wall, one inch thick mattress with blue and white stripes and an old blanket olive green army. On the wall is a piece of metal that shone once to act as a mirror, but now it is scratched and marked by other inmates. You can not see his reflection.

When you are there, two officers observed at all times. You can write all my movements, and the other to my every word, to inform the Director prior to the time of death - which prevents you from taking your own life before the state in which you deleted. I could see from where he sat, the room where the execution should be monitored. In those days, is that the electric chair that had been activated and now, I guess, that's where the lethal cocktail of drugs is administered. The execution chamber itself is only 10 meters.

never met Troy. And deliberately chose not to take an active role in the campaign to save his life. I did not want his case against mine. Who pleaded guilty to murdering 77-year Fred Stapleton, who was shot in an armed robbery on April 4, 1974. After my sentence, he began to write to his family for forgiveness. They gave it to me and it is through their support that my death sentence was commuted to life thereafter, and I was released from prison in 1992. Troy has always maintained his innocence.

who attended the vigil outside the state capital in Atlanta. With 500 others have the joy I felt when we learned of his execution was postponed by the Supreme Court. There was singing, I did not sing. I spoke to the crowd and told them that Troy told that his case is more than just him. This is a justice system that the poor in Georgia, African Americans in Georgia, no longer trust. A justice system can not accept when he is wrong, an innocent man executed rather than seeking the truth. That will not stop to reconsider, even when witnesses say they have been pressured and coerced.

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