Georgia parole board denies Troy Davis reconsideration request


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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