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Pardons Board Denies Clemency for Troy Davis

WI Web Staff Report | 9/21/2011, 5:15 p.m.
Troy Anthony Davis/Courtesy Photo

The state of Georgia's pardons board has rejected clemency for Troy Davis, who claims that he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989.

The Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected Davis' request on Tuesday (Sept. 20) for clemency after hearing hours of testimony from prosecutors and his supporters, according to two of Davis' attorneys, Stephen Marsh and Brian Kammer.

Davis, 42, is slated for execution by lethal injection on Sept. 21 (the fourth date set over the past four years) in the death of off-duty Savannah officer Mark MacPhail, who was killed while rushing to help a homeless man being attacked.

"My faith is very strong. God has covered me before and he will do it again," Davis was quoted as telling State Sen. Donzella James (D-College Park) and local civil rights activist Mark Bell last week during a two-hour jailhouse visit.