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Georgia’s parole board convened Monday morning to hear a last-minute appeal by Troy Davis, who is set to die by lethal injection for the murder 21 years ago of a Savannah police officer.

A jury convicted Davis of murder in 1991, paving the way for his execution, which has been delayed three times and is now scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles noted in a press release Sunday it is “the sole authority in Georgia for granting clemency to inmates.” Options for the board include commuting a death sentence without parole, giving a convict a life sentence or denying clemency — which, in this case, would pave the way for Davis’ execution.

In addition to Davis and his supporters making their appeal, the victim’s mother, Anneliese MacPhail, told CNN this weekend that she, too, plans to attend.

Many of Davis’ supporters, who believe he was wrongly convicted and have staged rallies in recent days calling for his release, will not be allowed in. But in a statement Sunday, officials with Amnesty International, the NAACP and Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty issued a fresh appeal for people to join them Monday for prayers, musical performances and speeches outside the building where the board will meet.

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article courtesy of CNN.com

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