Ga. board to decide fate of high-profile inmate

September 20, 2011 - 3:20 AM
Georgia Execution

Protesters gather outside the building where Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles members are holding a hearing for death row inmate Troy Davis, in Atlanta, on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday for the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannah, Ga., police officer Mark MacPhail. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis is going to soon find out whether a Georgia pardons board will grant him leniency.

Davis' supporters made a last-ditch effort to stop his execution by telling the pardons board that he's innocent and requesting clemency. The board could make a decision Tuesday.

Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday. He was convicted of the 1989 killing of police officer Mark MacPhail, who was working as a security guard when he was shot to death.

Since then, eyewitnesses have recanted or backed off their testimony and others have said another man at the scene admitted to the shooting.

Davis has gained high-profile supporters such as the pope and a former U.S. president.

Prosecutors and MacPhail's family urged the board let the execution occur.