Ga. board considers high-profile inmate's case

September 19, 2011 - 4:35 AM
Georgia Execution

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Troy Davis. Georgia corrections officials have scheduled a Sept. 21, 2011, execution date for Davis, for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Davis, now 42, insists he's innocent and his lawyers, arguing they could prove it, have managed to spare him from three execution dates in the last four years. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — The five-member Georgia pardons board is set to review the case of Troy Davis, a high-profile prison inmate scheduled to die for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty Savannah police officer.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles will meet at 9 a.m. Monday to consider granting clemency to Davis, who claims he's innocent.

Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday for Mark MacPhail's murder. It is the fourth time in four years the state has tried to execute him, but now his legal appeals are exhausted.

His attorneys say the board, which can commute sentences, is Davis' last hope. The board allowed Davis' execution to go forward in 2008, but since then, three new members have joined. The thousands of supporters for Davis's clemency plea include Pope Benedict XVI.