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Georgia parole board denies Troy Davis reconsideration request

September 21, 2011 |  7:34 am

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Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a request Wednesday from Troy Davis' lawyers to reconsider its decision Tuesday to deny the condemned man clemency -- closing one more door for a man scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening.

The board made the announcement Wednesday morning in a two-sentence email. It did not elaborate on the reasoning behind the decision.

Davis is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in a state prison 45 minutes south of Atlanta at 7 p.m. EDT. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal does not have the legal ability to commute his death sentence.

Supporters of Davis, convicted of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989, are urging the district attorney in Chatham County, Ga., to request that the execution order issued by a state court judge be vacated.

Davis' supporters say that key witness recantations after his 1991 murder trial raise significant doubts about his guilt.

 

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-- Richard Fausset in Atlanta

Photo: Protesters for Troy Davis walk through downtown Atlanta before gathering on the steps of the Georgia Capitol building Tuesday in Atlanta. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for death row inmate Davis on Tuesday morning. Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday for the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannah, Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail after being on death row for nearly two decades. Credit: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

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