A Georgia parole board heard a last-ditch appeal Monday morning from Troy Davis, a convicted murderer who faces execution this week. The case has attracted global attention because seven of the nine witnesses who gave evidence at Davis' trial in 1991 have recanted or changed their testimony, and no murder weapon, DNA evidence or fingerprints tie Davis to the crime. Davis has consistently claimed his innocence in the 1989 shooting death of a police officer in Savannah, Ga.
An estimated 150 to 200 demonstrators carried signs outside the hearing of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles today, saying, "Justice, free Troy Davis," and "We are Troy Davis, " AFP reports. The board is expected to issue a decision later today in what is widely seen as the last chance for Davis, who is set to be executed on Wednesday.
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