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Topic - Steve Marsh
Troy Davis supporters in the U.S. and Europe were trying just about anything to spare him from lethal injection that was just hours away Wednesday for killing an off-duty Georgia policeman, a crime he and others have insisted for years that he did not commit.
Strapped to a gurney in Georgia's death chamber, Troy Davis lifted his head and declared one last time that he did not kill police officer Mark MacPhail. Just a few feet away behind a glass window, MacPhail's son and brother watched in silence.
His legal appeals exhausted, supporters of Troy Davis made a last-ditch effort Monday to stop his execution for the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah police officer, asking the Georgia pardons board to grant clemency to the 42-year-old who insists that he is innocent.
"Such incredibly flawed eyewitness testimony should never be the basis for an execution," Marsh said. "To execute someone under these circumstances would be unconscionable."
His attorney Stephen Marsh said Davis would have spent part of Wednesday taking a polygraph test if pardons officials had taken his offer seriously.