With the planned execution of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis set for Wednesday (September 21), [artist id="1526237"]Big Boi[/artist] and [artist id="1211439"]Freeway[/artist] are asking people to pray.
"The best thing to do is you gotta pray," Big Boi said on Wednesday's "RapFix Live" via Skype from Atlanta. "Anything is possible; we're looking for a miracle right now."
In-house "RFL" guest Freeway agreed with the Outkast rapper. "I think Big Boi said it the best: The best thing people can do is pray for him, man. The power of prayer is unbelievable, man."
Davis' lawyers have been fighting for a last-minute appeal on his behalf, hoping to be granted a clemency ruling that would spare him the death penalty after he was convicted in the 1989 killing of Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail, a crime Davis claims he did not commit.
Big Boi has been supporting Davis' family. And when he Skyped into "RapFix Live" at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET, just hours before the inmate's scheduled execution, he told host Sway that he was at a rally outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia, where Davis is being held. "It's a lot of support, a lot of people," Big said of the rally. "They got over a million petition signatures saying they should commute his sentence or grant him clemency, so it's an injustice for everybody right here, right now."
Pill, who first helped shed light on Troy Davis' situation by flashing a "Justice for Troy Davis" poster in the video for his 2009 single "Trap Gon Ham," also spoke his piece. "I think it's an injustice," the Maybach Music rapper told Sway via Skype. "I feel like somebody like Martin Luther King marched for things like this not to happen and it feels like it was pointless."
Atlanta-based Pill went on to compare Davis' case with the controversial Casey Anthony verdict earlier this year. "He's an innocent man, how can you kill an innocent man," Pill questioned, "and you let a woman who you know killed her daughter walk free? That's messed up."
Big Boi was a bit more measured with his words, pointing out that Davis' lawyers have argued that new ballistics tests disprove the prosecution's case and that seven of the nine original eyewitnesses changed all or part of their testimony in later proceedings. For the Outkast rapper, there just isn't enough evidence. "It's just too much doubt, all the way around it's just too much doubt," he argued.