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Troy Davis’ Legal Team Finishes Making Its Case Before Parole Board

09/19/2011 1:24 pm 0 comments

Source: Bill Rankin / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Troy Anthony Davis’ legal team has finished presenting its case to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles in a last-ditch bid to win clemency.

“We believe we have established substantial doubt in this case,” Stephen Marsh, one of Davis’ lawyers, said after a three-hour hearing. The execution should not be allowed to go forward, he said.

The five-member board will now hear from prosecutors and surviving relatives of Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail, who was gunned down in a Burger King parking lot in 1989. Members of MacPhail’s family, including his mother, Anneliese, were seen entering the parole board offices as were former Chatham County district attorney Spencer Lawton and and his former chief assistant, David Locke.

The five-member board began its hearing at 9 a.m. and it is expected to stretch into late afternoon. The board has not said whether it will issue its decision today as to whether Davis will be granted clemency or whether his execution should be carried out as scheduled on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church attended the parole board hearing with members of Davis’ family. “They were certainly attentive and expressed how difficult all of this is,” Warnock said of the board members.

To read this article in its entirety visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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