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Troy Davis asks high court to stop execution

Sep 21, 2011 6:26:00 PM - thestate.com
Troy Davis has filed an eleventh-hour plea asking the Supreme Court to stop Georgia authorities from executing him for the murder of an off-duty police officer.

The last-ditch effort came after state officials refused to grant Davis a reprieve in the face of calls for clemency from former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI and others. Davis' execution by lethal injection was set for 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

The high court previously granted Davis a stay of execution in 2008 and ordered a court hearing the following year to give Davis a chance to establish his innocence. A federal judge said Davis failed to do so, and the justices refused to review that finding.

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