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Pardons board reviews Troy Davis case

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ATLANTA (AP) - The five-member Georgia pardons board is reviewing the case of Troy Davis, a high-profile prison inmate scheduled to die for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty Savannah police officer.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles met at 9 a.m. Monday to consider granting clemency to Davis, who claims he's innocent. Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday for Mark MacPhail's murder.

 It is the fourth time in four years the state has tried to execute him, but now his legal appeals are exhausted. His attorneys say the board, which can commute sentences, is Davis' last hope.

The board allowed Davis' execution to go forward in 2008, but three new members have joined since then. Dozens of his supporters rallied outside the pardons office, waving signs that said "Free Troy Davis."

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