Troy Davis in spotlight again as execution nears

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people are rallying behind death row inmate Troy Davis -- not just because they oppose capital punishment but because they believe Georgia could put an innocent man to death.

Davis was found guilty of the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah Officer Mark MacPhail, but doubts about eyewitness testimony have attracted global interest and prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to grant Davis a rare hearing to prove his innocence.

That hearing later found there was no evidence to order a new trial, and prosecutors say there's no chance Davis is innocent.

But high-profile figures from an ex-president to Pope Benedict XVI say they're concerned an innocent man could be put to death on Wednesday.

It's the fourth time Davis' execution has been scheduled in four years.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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