I clicked on Google News to see the CNN headline "Family, friends celebrate Troy Davis' life at a funeral" pop up to the very front of my search results. Generally, such coverage is restricted to things like Michael Jackson's death(which STILL hasn't gone away, thanks to the Conrad Murray trial), Amanda Knox's latest courtroom fiasco, and North Korea's latest attack(why haven't we heard anything from them for a while?).
The article does not waste any time in trumpeting the proclamation of Davis as a martyr--despite the fact that he went through multiple appeals, made his case before multiethnic juries, and has never been found close to innocent. His victim's name is mentioned four times in the article--though one would presume that an officer killed for doing his duty is also, in some sense, a martyr.
While it is not in good taste to speak ill of the dead, Davis is not a martyr. He paid the price that you pay for mortal sin, and his reformation in prison and the state of his soul are now between him and his creator. The full nature of the "recantations" of the seven witnesses who named Davis the murderer have never been revealed. And there are eyewitnesses who have testified beyond reasonable doubt that Davis was the murderer.
It is alarming to see the media fall over and over again for charismatic criminals who know how to generate the soundbites that make for good coverage. Whether it's "high spirited" Amanda Knox("Foxy Knoxy") or "I am Troy Davis" Davis, a way with words does not excuse the criminal from the consequences of a crime.