No Clemency For Troy Davis, Georgia Death Row Inmate

“The state Board of Pardons and Paroles … has denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis after hearing pleas for mercy from Davis’ family and calls for his execution by surviving relatives of a murdered Savannah police officer,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Now, the newspaper adds:

“Davis, 42, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson. He was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail. … His legal appeals are exhausted, so his latest last-ditch effort before the parole board appears to be his last chance to be spared execution.”

The Associated Press writes that:

“Several of the witnesses who helped convict [Davis] at his 1991 trial have backed off their testimony or recanted. Others who did not testify say another man at the scene admitted to the shooting.

“The U.S. Supreme Court even granted Davis a hearing to prove his innocence, the first time it had done so for a death row inmate in at least 50 years. The high court set up a hearing, but Davis couldn’t convince a lower federal judge to grant him a new trial. The Supreme Court did not review his case. Federal appeals courts and the Georgia Supreme Court have upheld his conviction, leaving the parole board as his last chance.”

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