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Davis execution date set

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia authorities have set Sept. 23 as the
execution date for a death row inmate who has drawn international
headlines with claims that he is innocent of killing a police
officer.

Troy Davis was convicted of gunning down a Savannah police
officer in 1989.

He says evidence of his innocence is strong enough
to grant him a new trial.

Several witnesses against Davis have
since recanted.

The Georgia Supreme Court, by identical 4-3 votes, rejected
Davis' appeal in March and a plea to reconsider the ruling in
April.

He has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider his case.
That appeal is pending.

Davis case has drawn widespread attention from human rights
groups, including Amnesty International.


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