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Innocence Claim Delays Execution

Posted Jul 17, 2007 9:45 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Georgia’s parole board has granted a 90-day stay of execution for Troy Anthony Davis, who says he is innocent.

Davis’ scheduled execution for shooting a policeman was less than 24 hours away when the board granted the reprieve, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. A press release says the board will evaluate evidence that Davis did not commit the crime while the stay is in effect.

Several key witnesses recanted their testimony against Davis during a nine-hour clemency hearing Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports. A 1996 law limiting appeals has barred courts from considering the recantation.

Davis’ case has attracted support from celebrities and death-penalty opponents. (For more information see this post at ABAJournal.com.)

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