By Andy Doerschuk Published September 24, 2009
Joining delegates of Amnesty International, Richard Hughes, drummer for the British pop act Keane, is en route to the Diagnostic And Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia to meet with death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, 40, on Friday, September 27.
Hughes hopes to highlight Davis’ case as the inmate awaits a new chance to have a court hear compelling evidence of his innocence. The still unscheduled evidentiary hearing was mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court to give Davis another chance to prove his innocence, which he has vigorously maintained since he was sent to death row in 1991 for the killing of Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. Davis’ advocates argue that the case finding was flawed, since prosecutors weren’t able to present physical evidence or a murder weapon to link him to the incident, and that seven of the nine witnesses against him have since recanted or changed their initial testimonies in sworn affidavits.
“I am totally against the death penalty, and the case of Troy Davis is a terrifying illustration of the reasons why,” Hughes says. “Troy continues to fight for the chance to prove his innocence. I am going to Georgia with Amnesty International to meet this remarkable man and his family; to show my support for him; and to try to shine a little light on his case and the terrible effects of continuing to execute people in the name of justice.”