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High Court Denies Execution Stay for Davis

The execution chamber in Huntsville, Texas (AP)

The execution chamber in Huntsville, Texas (AP)

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has refused to stay the
execution of Troy Davis, removing one of the last obstacles to him being put to death on Tuesday.

The vote was 6-1.

The majority of the justices said the U.S. Supreme Court, where Davis has another appeal pending, has jurisdiction.

Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah
police officer.

Davis' supporters say new evidence could exonerate him. Several
witnesses have recanted their testimony. And Davis' lawyers say three people who did not testify at his trial said a man who took the stand against Davis confessed to the killing.

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

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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