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Clemency denied for Troy Davis, victim's mother speaks about hearing

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - While the agony of losing a child will always be with her, Anneliese MacPhail says she has peace of mind that his killer will pay for the crime.  

"The last 22 years have been hell, so I really need to, I'm getting old and I like to enjoy my last years in kind of comfort and peace, I don't want to go through this for the rest of my life.," MacPhail said.

MacPhail and other family members traveled to Atlanta for the clemency hearing Monday. She says for the first time members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles acknowledged the family as victims.

"We felt actually almost right from the beginning, we were not just a bunch of people sitting there, we felt like we were victims and that they respected our feelings."

After years of waiting for this chapter in their lives to come to an end the book is expected to be finished tomorrow night, when Troy Davis is scheduled to be put to death.

MacPhail says that her son Mark's two children, his widow, and siblings will be in Jackson, Georgia Wednesday night for Davis' execution. 

"Do you believe Davis deserves to die? Yes, and it's awful hard to say but I do, he didn't have to do this, there is no reason for it," MacPhail said.

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