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NAACP Georgia State President Edward DuBose, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Campaign Director with Amnesty International Laura Moye hold a press conference in support of death row inmate Troy Davis at Ebenezer Baptist Church on September 20, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The nun behind ‘Dead Man Walking’ and a host of religious leaders have been speaking out about the pending execution of Troy Davis, a Georgia man convicted of the 1989 murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. Davis was denied clemency Wednesday and his execution by lethal injection is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight. MacPhail’s family believes Davis is guilty and supports his execution.
Still, many religious, political and civil rights leaders point to a lack of physical evidence tying Davis to the crime as proof of his potential innocence. Even Pope Benedict has commented on the case, previously calling for Georgia to ”recognize the sacredness of all human life.”
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More on Troy Davis:
Protesters hold signs in support of death row inmate Troy Davis outside the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles hearing in Atlanta, on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.
Anneliese MacPhail, left to right, mother of slain off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, MacPhail’s son Mark MacPhail, Jr., wife Joan MacPhail and daughter Madison MacPhail, react after a Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles hearing for convicted killer Troy Davis in Atlanta, on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. MacPhail’s family said they urged the board to deny his clemency petition and carry out the jury’s verdict.