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Judge stands by decision to exclude testimony in Troy Davis case

posted Aug 12, 2010, 1:20 PM by Kathryn Hamoudah   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 8:29 AM by GFADP staff ]

By Bill Rankin

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A federal judge on Thursday ruled he will stand by his decision to exclude key testimony in the case involving condemned inmate Troy Anthony Davis.

During a hearing in June, U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. barred testimony from a woman who was going to say that Sylvester "Redd" Coles told her that he, not Davis, shot and killed a Savannah police officer in 1989. Moore ruled out Quiana Glover's testimony because Davis' lawyers did not subpoena Coles to testify on his behalf.

"By intentionally presenting unreliable hearsay while keeping [Coles] out of court, [Davis] was seeking to prevent the court from receiving all the evidence, rather than providing the court with a record on which the most accurate determination could be made," Moore wrote.

Davis' case has received international attention because a number of key prosecution witnesses have recanted their testimony since the trial. The U.S. Supreme Court granted Davis the extraordinary hearing to prove his case. Moore has yet to issue a final ruling.

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