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Troy Davis lawyers ask judge to weigh rejected evidence

Posted: July 22, 2010 - 7:30pm  |  Updated: July 23, 2010 - 6:20am

SAVANNAH — Attorneys for Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis want a federal judge to reconsider his decision to reject witness testimony naming another man as the real killer of a Savannah police officer.

Davis' lawyers filed a motion Thursday saying U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. wrongly refused to hear a witness who says she heard someone else confess to killing officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.

The judge last month presided over a hearing in Savannah ordered by the Supreme Court to give Davis a chance to prove his innocence. A final ruling is still pending.

Two witnesses testified a man named Sylvester Coles later confessed to the crime. But the judge rejected a third witness with a similar story, saying such claims were inadmissible hearsay because Coles wasn't called as a witness.

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