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July 21st, 2009
09:08 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Tuchman reports on the case of Troy Davis

Editor's Note: In 1991, Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. But since then, seven of nine witnesses recanted their original testimony. Today, the Supreme Court granted Davis' request that his execution be delayed as he attempts to prove his innocence. Gary Tuchman reports on the story tonight on AC360° at 10p ET. Below are behind the scenes photos of Gary reporting for this story.


Gary Tuchman on the phone with Troy Davis, who has been in prison for 18 years.


Talking with Rev. Derrick Johnson, who convinced Troy Davis to surrender. This interview is the first time Johnson is publicly discussing his involvement in the case.


Gary speaks with Tanya Johnson, a witness who withheld information at the trial.  Johnson says she withheld information because she feared retribution from the person she believes may have actually committed the crime.


Gary speaks to Tanya Johnson.


Talking to a police officer who ordered our crew off of the bus station property.


Gary with Troy Davis' sister, Martina Davis-Correia.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Terry, TX

    As an American citizen of Mexican descent....I am weary of the black whine that if you are black everything bad that happens to you from tickets to arrests is a racial attack. If he gets a new trial....fine....if not...fine. I imagine CNN will replay the subject over and over.

    July 22, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  2. Mike in NYC

    Whether Davis is innocent or not, Sisterlove, the fact remains that a black male committed the murder.

    July 22, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  3. Janice Carter, Georgia

    Yes, he deserve a new trial. This is not right, It just to many people in jail innocent and waiting on trial. Right is right,wrong is wrong. Who going to stand for the people, it sure isn't some of the Judges and Attorney's. A lie don't care who tell it. We need a change in our legal system. I love Cnn.

    July 22, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  4. alanb

    I have one question for everyone that believes that Troy Davis is innocent. When is everyone going to wake up and smell the coffee? If Troy was so innocent why did he run to Atlanta? Why did it have to take the family 10 to 15 years later to come out and say he didn't do it? Troy Davis admitted shooting someone in Cloverdale not 2 hours before with the same gun that killed Mark MacPhail; and oh by the way Sylvester Coles was not in Cloverdale that night. All of the witnesses and the jurors that are recanting should be charged with perjury. Troy was known as a person that was troubled. The women (Tonya Johnson) that said that Coles put the gun inside her door should also be charged with aiding a felon. Where the gun Tonya Johnson? The justice system numerous times has denied his appeals. If anyone can remember what they said 20 Years ago they must be a genius or a very good liar. My opinion is that the Davis family has gotten the witnesses and the jurors. I wish it was already over. This should have never gone this far.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:28 am |
  5. John

    The man who decides if the should give this innocent guy a new trial is a black man............let me see how this plays out.........In my own opinion this guy is innocent......... if a new trial proves him innocent the prosecutors should be charge and the people that gave false informations should also be charge for obstruction of justice.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:24 am |
  6. April Clinton

    I can't believe this poor man has served eighteen years of his life that he will never get back for a crime he didn't commit. If there is ANY
    doubt that he is innocent, giving him the death penalty makes us murderers. Obviously a horrible mistake was made. Let him go home and be with his family. It's just that simple.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:38 am |
  7. Tracey L. Monroe

    I am a college professor that conducts research in regards to cases of the wrongfully convicted. For college students who are pursing a degree in criminal justice and do not want to become a law enforcement officer, they can work for due process advocacy organizations.

    Best regards

    July 22, 2009 at 6:07 am |
  8. cynthiasam

    yes he deserves a new trial, enough is enough

    July 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  9. sisterlove

    Black in America – I seriously think that if he is innocent he must be released right away and if a new trial will do so then do it. The problem with the courts is that when they crucify or wronfully jail someone they rather leave the case close just not to look bad as far as they didn't do what they should have done in the first place as proving the person not guilty. I can say this first hand because I have a friend in the Caribbean that is serving life for something he didn't do during our junior high age and everyone that knew what took place kept their mouth shut due to the killing being done by an officer to another officer and corruption being a model there as far as if you spoke you too can deal with a traggic either you personnally or a family member. But an innocent man is serving time for over 30 years and counting simply because he is black. The person serving life has no family that could have helped him and the law only helps those they know personally or have money. Also my oldest son has been a role model and someone that completed school and work since he was 11 years of age and as he grew he was able to purchase a convertible 89 mustang and 3 days in a month he would be stopped for either no seat belt on, changing lanes when he shouldn't, driving to fast etc; in San Rafael /Marin County California, He tried many times to fight it in court but with no luck or help he was forced to pay the ticket. My son decided to change his car from the 89 Mustang to a dead beat vehicle he purchased just to drive back and fort and believe me he was never "stopped" since the change of car. Yes! police do profile young black men and will tell a lie simply because they have the uniform and cannot stand to see a black man with things that looks good because they already assume that it is stolen or drug related. During the times that this happened to my son I saw a quiet, lovable and helpful son, friend and citizen become angry and not trusting cops he also felt that his color valued nothing because he was lied on and accused of things he did not do. Things have not changed and it is a shame we are fighting a terroist country but our own enemies are right here in our own country haters- racist-abusers etc. This world must change for the better imagine if the outside world sees how we treat each other what you think they will do "the same" WAKE-UP America!

    July 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  10. Terri Nirschl

    We have a witness holding back information because she feared retribution. Was her life worth more than Troy Davis' life. Apparently she thought so. If you don't tell the truth in the first place, is the 12 jurors going to believe her this time? It comes down to twelve people, out of millions, if there was a retrial, to hand over the same verdict or as the saying goes, the truth will set him free. A big chance to take but could be worth it. Troy does deserve a retrial or an outright aquittal.

    July 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  11. Lee Harris

    Here’s what’s happening in the black business community that no one talks. A few years ago white women were classified as a ‘protected classes and as such are being classified as a minority. That in itself is not the problem. The problem is that many are fronting businesses for their spouses that are not minority businesses.

    Just recently, in Tennessee the Department of Transportation (TOD) awarded white women 92% of the MINORITY set aside business that was allotted for West Tennessee. This is only one example.
    Minority businesses in a large number of cities, states and with government must be “certified” as a minority business to do business. Whereas, white businesses qualified or not do not have to go through the certification process.

    There is an organization in Memphis that is classified as a Minority Organization that certifies white women and that organization was dropped from the membership role of the national organization. In major businesses in Memphis minorities (not including white women) do not secure business regardless if they are qualified or certified.

    Where is the reporting when it comes to this injustice someone needs to expose this probable.

    July 21, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  12. MkIndiana

    I sympathize with Davis and all other convicted yet seemingly innocent victims of what can seem like racial verdicts or testimonials withheld due to consequences of speaking out. Accused and convicted so someone if anyone can take the fall. Does the name Leonard Peltier ring a bell?

    July 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  13. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Mr. Davis deserves a new trial. Or why not just acquite him of all crimes. I don't believe he did it! I know my opinion wouldn't count in the long run, but I really don't feel like he did the crime so he really shouldn't be doing the time. Find the real criminal!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    July 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm |