20 Sep 2011

Death-row inmate Troy Davis denied clemency

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole has denied clemency for death-row inmate Troy Davis, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Davis was convicted of the 1989 killing of Savannah, Georgia, police officer Mark MacPhail.

Davis is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Wednesday at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia.

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Since Davis' conviction in 1991, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony. There also have been questions about the physical evidence - and, according to some, the lack thereof - linking Davis to the killing. Amnesty International was among the organizations appealing for clemency for Davis.

CNN.com - Amnesty International Condemns Decision to Deny Troy Davis Clemency, Calling It An 'Outrageous Affront to Justice'