The five-member Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles released no decision Monday after an all-day meeting on whether to grant clemency to Troy Davis, whose execution is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“There is no decision from the State Board of Pardons regarding the clemency request for Troy Davis,” a spokesman for the board said in an e-mail message to the media Monday evening. “No decision will be forthcoming today. The Board can grant clemency and commute the death sentence to life without parole, life with the possibility of parole or deny clemency, or issue a stay to further consider the case.”
The announcement did not say if the board would meet again Tuesday, or when. It is possible the board has reached a decision but has chosen not to make an announcement until Tuesday.
The board began its meeting at 9 a.m. EDT in Atlanta and continued its closed-door consideration of the case until 7:19 p.m. The board members spent the morning listing to members of Davis’ family and his legal team, then listened to the family of Mark MacPhail in the afternoon. Davis, 42, was convicted of murder in the 1989 shooting death of MacPhail, who was a policeman in Savannah, Georgia.
In recent years, a number of witnesses who testified in the trial recanted their testimony, saying they were pressured by police to testify against Davis. Now, an international effort is underway to convince the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to prevent his execution by lethal injection. Davis has already exhausted all legal appeals.