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A new GPB radio drama and podcast called "Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project" reflects the conflicting public discourse that surrounded the Troy Davis case. Davis was convicted of murder and executed in Georgia.


We spoke with former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Rhonda Cook and the Marshall Project staff writer Maurice Chammah to learn more about the death penalty and execution process in Georgia.


Grant Blankenship / GPB News

In 1991, Troy Davis was convicted of the murder of Savannah police office Mark MacPhail and sentenced to death. The state of Georgia executed Davis in 2011 amid public debate over his guilt or innocence.


A new radio drama based on a 2016 play explores the meaning of "reasonable doubt" in the Davis case. We spoke with Lee Nowell, the playwright of "Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project," about the play's origins and its new life as a podcast on GPB.


Georgia Department of Corrections

Update 12/07/2016:


 The Supreme Court of Georgia and U.S. Supreme Court denied Sallie’s attorney’s requests for a stay of execution Tuesday. Sallie was executed at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday evening. 

Original Story:

On Tuesday night, Georgia plans to carry out its ninth execution of the year, the most since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in Gregg v. Georgia in 1976.


At the same time, new death sentences are getting rarer and rarer. It’s been more than two years since a Georgia jury handed one down.


Getting inside the state’s capital punishment contradiction, means getting inside the cases of the condemned. 


Grant Blankenship / Georgia Public Broadcasting

Should the State of Georgia execute Gregory Paul Lawler as planned on Wednesday, it will mark a milestone in at least two different ways.


Lawler was sentenced to death for the 1997 killing of Atlanta police officer John Sowa. His execution will be the seventh in Georgia in 2016. That makes two more than in 2015 and makes Georgia the only state in the nation accelerating the rate of execution year over year. That’s the first milestone.