Troy Davis: I Want to Take a Polygraph Test

In effort to save him, Georgia Democrats urge prison strike
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2011 6:23 AM CDT
Troy Davis: I Want to Take a Polygraph Test
Shelley Serdahely, Roswell, joins hundreds of protesters at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta against the execution of Troy Anthony Davis on Tuesday Sept. 20, 2011 in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Curtis Compton)

(Newser) – Troy Davis is hours from death, but he’s not giving up. The Georgia death row inmate, who claims he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989, wants to take a polygraph test. "Mr. Davis believes he is innocent and he wants to show it," his lawyer said late last night. Davis is not yet cleared by the Department of Corrections to take the polygraph test, but his lawyer said the legal team will be at the state prison this morning with a polygraph examiner. Davis will only take the three-hour test if the parole board will take it into consideration, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"He's not going to spend three hours away from his family on what could be the last day of his life if this does not make any difference," said his attorney. Davis’s execution by lethal injection remains scheduled for 7pm tonight. Davis, who counts the pope and Jimmy Carter among his nearly one million supporters, “will not stop fighting until he's taken his last breath,” says an Amnesty International staffer. And neither, it seems, will some of his backers. Two Georgia Democrats have called "for a general strike or sick-out by all but a skeleton staff of the Georgia Diagnostic Prison on September 21st, 2011," reports Raw Story. Wrote State Sen. Vincent Fort in a statement. "I say to the prison staff: If you work on that day, you will enable the prison to carry out the execution of a possibly innocent man." (Read more Troy Davis stories.)

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