High Court Turns Down Appeal Of Death Row Inmate

Published On: Oct 14 2011 02:30:42 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 15 2008 08:39:15 AM EDT
WASHINGTON -

The Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for a Georgia man to be put to death for killing a Savannah police officer, two weeks after it halted his execution to consider his appeal.

Troy Davis, 39, asked the high court to intervene in his case and order a new trial because seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted their testimony.

Former President Jimmy Carter and South Africa Archbishop Desmond Tutu are among prominent supporters who have called for a new trial.

The justices granted Davis a reprieve on Sept. 23, less than two hours before his scheduled execution. But they declined Tuesday to give his appeal a full-blown hearing.

Davis was convicted of killing Officer Mark MacPhail, who was shot and killed in 1989 while moonlighting as a security guard at a Savannah bus station. He rushed to help a homeless man who had been pistol-whipped and was shot twice when he approached Davis and two other men.

Mark MacPhail was an Army Ranger for almost six years before he and his wife decided to settle down and he became a police officer in Savannah.

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