Death penalty opponents plan rally at statehouse

ATLANTA (AP) - Critics of the death penalty are planning a major rally at the Georgia Capitol on the start of the 40-day legislative session.

The NAACP, Amnesty International, religious leaders and lawmakers will gather at the statehouse on Monday to urge Georgia legislators to abolish the death penalty.

NAACP Georgia chapter president Edward Dubose said the rally will honor Troy Anthony Davis, who was executed in September for the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah police officer. His supporters say he was wrongfully convicted and Davis said in his last words that he was innocent of the crime.

The rally will take place at the Georgia Capitol at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, the day the legislative session begins.

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