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  • Petitions for Troy Davis delivered to the Georgia pardons board Thursday morning
    

ATLANTA -- Thousands gathered at Ebenezer Baptist Church for a protest and prayer service for Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis.

Davis' case has garnered national and international attention. More than a half million petitions asking for clemency for Davis were delivered to the Georgia pardons board Thursday. Amnesty International and the NAACP are among the groups supporting Davis. 

Davis is scheduled to be executed next week for the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah police officer.

Davis' attorneys have long argued he is innocent of the charges. They say several witnesses have changed their testimony and others have accused another man of the crime.

His execution has been delayed three times since 2007 to allow courts more time to review his arguments. Each time judges have upheld his conviction and death sentence.

He execution is currently set for 7 p.m. next Wednesday. According to the Georgia Corrections Department, he has declined special requests for his last meal, so he will dine on grilled cheeseburgers, oven browned potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, cookies and a grape beverage.

(Associated Press)

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