Death Row Inmate Given Appeal Extension

Published On: Oct 14 2011 02:30:20 PM EDT
Updated On: Nov 20 2010 09:19:52 AM EST
ATLANTA -

A Georgia death row inmate who claims he was wrongly convicted of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989 has been given more time to file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A court clerk said in a filing this month that the Supreme Court is allowing Troy Anthony Davis' attorneys until Jan. 21 to file the appeal.

Davis has spent nearly 20 years on death row for the slaying of Officer Mark MacPhail, who was shot and killed in 1989 while moonlighting as a security guard at a Savannah bus station.

MacPhail rushed to help a homeless man who had been pistol-whipped and was shot twice when he approached Davis and two other men.

Davis has long claimed new evidence would clear his name if a court gave him a chance to present it.

The Supreme Court granted Davis that hearing in 2009, and a federal judge ruled in August that the evidence he presented was not strong enough to prove his innocence.

His attorneys are now appealing that decision to the Supreme Court.

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