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Crowd Gathers to Rally for Slain Columbus Native

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Family and friends of Columbus native and slain Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail say his memory has started to fade in the  coverage of his murder.

"The victim in this case twenty years ago was Officer Mark Allen MacPhail, his son, his daughter, his wife and the entire MacPhail family," said Randy Robertson, President of the Columbus chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.

A more known name they say is that of his convicted killer and death row inmate, Troy Davis.

To keep MacPhail's name alive, a crowd rallied Saturday in downtown Columbus with the help of local and state police officers.

"How much does the MacPhail family have to endure through the justice system before the verdict of that Chatham County jury is carried out? In saying that, I realize that no verdict is ever going to bring Mark back but it is going to send a message to the criminals in this country that our society does not tolerate the murder of a police officer," said Carlton Stallings who is the President of the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police.

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a federal judge in Georgia to determine whether there's new evidence that establishes Davis' innocence.

The judge says an appeal won't happen until Georgia's Attorney General files a written response.

It's likely the case won't be heard until late November.

MacPhail's family members say this latest development is just another bump in their long road to justice.

"He answered his call and gave his all and was willing to sacrifice everything for a man he didn't know and just protect the law and justice that he served and we're trying to get justice for him," said the victim's son, Mark MacPhail Jr.

"It's time for justice to be served and for the memory of Mark MacPhail to be placed where it belongs along with all the heroes who've been killed in Georgia," added Robertson.

MacPhail supporters make their next stop September 24th to rally at the state capital.

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