ATLANTA Convicted cop killer Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed today for a crime he says he did not commit.
Vigils outside Georgias death chamber were set. Protests were planned. Davis attorneys said he was willing to take a polygraph test if the pardons board would consider its results. And they didnt rule out filing one last legal appeal, though they know its a long shot.
In Europe, where the planned execution has drawn widespread criticism, legislators and activists were making a last-minute appeal to the state of Georgia to refrain from executing Davis. Amnesty International and other groups planned a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Paris later Wednesday.
Renate Wohlwend of the Council of Europes Parliamentary Assembly noted doubts raised about Davis conviction. She said that to carry out this irrevocable act now would be a terrible mistake which could lead to a tragic injustice.
Davis is to be executed by injection at 7 p.m. for the 1989 killing of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty police officer who was working as a security guard in Savannah when he was shot dead rushing to help a homeless man who had been attacked.