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Security was beefed up Wednesday at the Georgia prison where death-row inmate Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed Wednesday night. Davis, who has always maintained his innocence, has been on death row since 1991. The crowd outside the prison swelled to more than 500 as night fell. (Associated Press)

Security was beefed up Wednesday at the Georgia prison where death-row inmate Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed Wednesday night. Davis, who has always maintained his innocence, has been on death row since 1991. The crowd outside the prison swelled to more than 500 as night fell. (Associated Press)

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