Some of you’ve been asking about the seven witnesses who recanted their original testimony in the Troy Davis case – you want to know what, exactly, they recanted. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution offered a summary of five of them who spoke at his 2010 evidentiary hearing. For example:
Darrell “D.D.” Collins
Trial: He testified that he had told police he had seen Davis shoot at a car at a pool party on the evening before Officer Mark Allen MacPhail was shot and killed. At the same time, Collins said he had been pressured by police “to say what they wanted to hear.”
Wednesday: “I was scared,” he said, adding that police threatened to charge him as an accessory. “That’s what they wanted me to say. I thought that was the only way I could get out of it.”
The hearing had been ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the end, the federal judge ruled that Mr. Davis had failed to prove his innocence. “Not all recantations are created equal,” he wrote.
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Then and now: Witnesses change their stories.”)