Georgia execution on hold

July 16, 2007 at 9:34 PM
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ATLANTA, July 16 (UPI) -- A convicted Georgia cop-killer facing a Tuesday execution date has been given a three-month reprieve.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles heard several hours of arguments by Troy Anthony Davis' attorneys and prosecutors, and then took less than an hour of deliberation before granting the 90-day stay of execution Monday, WTOC-TV reported. The 38-year-old Davis was to receive a lethal injection Tuesday for the 1989 slaying of Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail, the Savannah TV station reported.

The stay gives the board time to consider evidence presented as part of Davis' request for clemency. He maintains he is innocent in the death of MacPhail, who was slain while working off-duty at a fastfood restaurant.

"They are trying to save a man's life so his attorneys are doing anything they can do to save his life," said board member Scheree Lipscomb. "I think the board is trying to get to the end of this, asking questions and talking to the witnesses who recanted their testimony to find out what is really going on. They will take the time, and the board doesn't mind because it is a man's life on the line."

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