ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's pardons board has rejected clemency for death-row inmate Troy Davis despite high-profile support for his claim that he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989.
Steve Hayes, spokesman for the Board of Pardons and Paroles, said Tuesday the panel decided to rejected Davis' request for clemency after hearing hours of testimony from his supporters and prosecutors.
Davis is set to die on Wednesday for the killing of off-duty Savannah officer Mark MacPhail, who was slain while rushing to help a homeless man being attacked. It is the fourth time in four years his execution has been scheduled by Georgia officials.
Davis' lawyers have long argued Davis was a victim of mistaken identity. But prosecutors say they have no doubt that they charged the right person with the crime.