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Slain officer's family on convicted killer's execution

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ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) – There are only hours left before Troy Davis, convicted of killing a off-duty Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail, will be put to death at the Georgia state prison in Jackson.

His scheduled execution has caused a world-wide controversy, and still, supporters are rallying trying to find new ways to keep Davis alive.  However, MacPhail's family says they believe the man who killed their loved on deserves this end.

"I see that a future was taken from me. Like not just my father was taken but the future that we would have had together was taken from us. And the future he could have with his family was taken," said Madison MacPhail. "Things like my wedding and the fact that in a few weeks I'm going to be 24 and so in 3 years I will be older than my father."

Madison was a toddler and her brother an infant when their father, Mark MacPhail, was murdered in 1989.

In 1991, Troy Davis was convicted for that crime, and in less than 24 hours Davis now faces execution.

MacPhail's widow, Joan MacPhail-Harris, told the media her family has been waiting years for justice.

"For someone to ludicrously say that he is a victim, we are victims.  Look at us.  We have put up with this stuff for 22 years.  It's time for justice."

In the state of Georgia, the governor cannot grant clemency.  Instead, 5 people on the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Davis clemency for his death penalty on Tuesday.  So, Wednesday evening at 7:00 at the state prison in Jackson, Ga Davis will enter into a holding room for execution.

His sister, Martina Correia, said she cannot imagine what her brother is experiencing.

"I would be petrified, but Troy has an understanding that this is bigger than him.  This is about a judicial system that may need to possibly change and get better so this doesn't really happen," said Correia.

Davis's supporters have been protesting his execution for days.  Some say they will make final pleas to the Board of Pardons and Paroles to reverse its decision or ask the Superior Court Judge in Chatham County to vacate the death warrant.

"We cannot believe the Board of Pardons and Paroles is allowing a person to go to his death despite that fact that serious doubts about his guilt remain unresolved," said Laura Moye with Amnesty International, an organization that supports Davis's rights.

However, some, like Jerry Luquire with the Georgia Christian Coalition believe the Board's decision was the correct one.

"It's been a generation since the murder, and I think that the guilty person has had a fair share, more than a fair share as I use it, of his appeals.  He's not had a single road closed to his protestations of guilt," said Luquire.

Davis chose not to have a special last meal.  Instead, he will be have the prison's meal tray of grilled cheeseburgers, baked beans, cole slaw, potatoes, cookies, and a grape drink. 

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