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Georgia’s parole board heard a last-minute appeal Monday by Troy Davis, who is set to die by lethal injection for the murder 22 years ago of a Savannah police officer.

Members of victim Mark MacPhail’s family also appeared at the parole board hearing to describe their loss, saying afterward they felt the panel listened to what they had to say.

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.

In a statement, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles said it would not reach a decision in the case until Tuesday at the earliest.

Options for the board include commuting a death sentence to either life without parole or life with the possibility of parole, or denying clemency — which, in this case, would clear the way for Davis’ execution.

The panel also can delay the execution to continue its consideration of the case.

MacPhail, a police officer, died in 1989 after being shot three times.

Since Davis’ 1991 conviction, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony. There also have been questions about the physical evidence — and, according to some, the lack thereof — linking Davis to the killing.

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article courtesy of CNN.com

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