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Death Row Inmate Appeals to US Supreme Court

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Attorneys for Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis have filed a new appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Defense attorneys said Friday that Davis didn't get a fair hearing from federal judge picked by the high court to hear evidence that Davis says proves he's innocent.

Davis is fighting his death sentence for the 1989 slaying of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

The Supreme Court ordered the rare hearing to explore whether he is innocent.

A judge later ruled Davis' attorneys failed to prove that he was wrongly convicted.

Davis' attorneys said the judge unfairly refused to hear testimony at the June hearing from witnesses who said another man confessed to the crime.

They also said the judge failed to consider the impact other testimony would have had on an average juror.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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