ATLANTA — Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected a last-ditch clemency bid from Troy Davis on Tuesday, one day before his scheduled execution, despite support for the claim that he was wrongly convicted of killing off-duty Savannah police Officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.
Davis has gotten support from hundreds of thousands of people, including a former FBI director, former President Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI, and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave him an unusual opportunity to prove his innocence last year.
State and federal courts, however, have repeatedly upheld his conviction for the killing of MacPhail, who was off duty and working as a security guard in Savannah when he was shot dead while rushing to help a homeless man who was being attacked.
Davis' attorneys say he was convicted based on flawed testimony that has been largely recanted by witnesses, but prosecutors and MacPhail's relatives say they have no doubt the right man is being punished.
Davis is scheduled to die today at 7 p.m. by lethal injection.
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