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Parole Board denies request to reconsider Troy Davis decision

ATLANTA (WTVM) - The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied a request to reconsider its decision denying clemency to condemned Troy Davis.

Wednesday morning, defense attorneys filed a request for a polygraph test to be done before the scheduled execution.

Defense attorney Stephen Marsh told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Georgia Department of Corrections has denied his request to allow Davis to take a polygraph test.

The state Pardons and Paroles Board said in a statement Wednesday it would not review its decision to allow the execution to go forward.

Davis is set to die at 7 p.m. for the 1989 killing of off-duty Savannah officer Mark MacPhail, who was slain while rushing to help a homeless man being attacked.

Davis has long claimed he is innocent of killing Mark MacPhail, an off-duty police officer working as a security guard in Savannah, Georgia. But state and federal courts have repeatedly upheld his conviction.

Prosecutors and MacPhail's relatives say they have no doubt the right man is being punished.

Marsh had said he hoped the polygraph test would convince the state pardons board to reconsider a decision against clemency.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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