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Clemency decision expected in Troy Davis case

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Georgia Board of Parole and Pardons is expected to make its decision Tuesday on the fate of death row inmate Troy Davis.

Davis was convicted in 1991 for the fatal shooting of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. He has been on Georgia's death row for 20 years and his lawyers have appealed all the way through the courts. This is the fourth time Davis has been scheduled to be executed.

If clemency is granted, Davis would spend the rest of his life in prison. If he is denied clemency, Davis would be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday night.

Since 1978, the board has granted fewer than 10 clemency requests.

The board of pardons and paroles heard testimony Monday from witnesses and family members, and even jurors from the 1991 trial who say they now believe there is doubt in the case. Outside the building, Davis supporters rallied for his clemency.

More than a dozen supporters gathered outside the Chatham County Courthouse for a prayer vigil.

The Davis case is getting attention all over the world. It even came up during Monday's White House briefing.

"The president has written that he believes the death penalty does little to deter crime but that some crimes merit the ultimate punishment. Some of you may also recall that when the president was in the Illinois state senate he worked across the aisle to find common ground. With regard to this specific case, I haven't talked to the president about that and I would refer questions about it to the department of justice," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

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