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september 20, 2011 • 12:02 PM

Troy Davis To Be Executed, Plea For Clemency Denied

Troy Davis To Be Executed, Plea For Clemency Denied.
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Death row inmate Troy Davis has faced the final setback in the debate over his execution when a Georgia pardons board denied his plea for clemency. Get the details of this case now.

Troy Davis was convicted of killing a police officer in 1989 in Savannah, GA. The officer, Mark MacPhail, was rushing to help a homeless man who was being attacked, when he was killed.

'I am utterly shocked and disappointed at the failure of our justice system at all levels to correct a miscarriage of justice,' Brian Kammer, attorney for Troy Davis, said.

Davis was convicted during the 1991 trial, which relied heavily on several witnesses that insisted that Davis was the killer. Davis explained that he was in the area and witnessed the killing, but that it was Sylvester Coles who committed the crime.

Since the trial, seven of the nine witnesses have recanted and Davis has received support from prominent political figures and personalities.

Davis is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday and has no legal appeals left. The execution has been rescheduled four times in four years by Georgia officials.

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