Troy Davis' Request to Take Polygraph Rejected
His execution is just hours away
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2011 12:11 PM CDT
This 1991 file photo shows Troy Davis entering Chatham County Superior Court in Savannah, Ga.   (AP Photo/The Savannah Morning News, File)
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(Newser) – One more rejection for Troy Davis: Prison officials rebuffed his lawyers' attempts this morning to have him take a polygraph test, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The decision makes his execution at 7pm EDT all the more likely, though furious efforts continue to win a reprieve. His lawyers filed another appeal today challenging ballistics tests in the 1989 murder of a Georgia police officer.

"We came here to try and prove Mr. Davis is innocent and unfortunately we were denied that opportunity by the Department of Corrections," said Davis attorney Stephen Marsh. Protesters were gathering outside the prison. The dead officer's mother, meanwhile, says she has "no doubt" about Davis' guilt. "I guess justice will be done and that's what we were fighting for," she said. Click for more.