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At 9 a.m. Monday, Troy Anthony Davis' attorneys will have their last chance to plead for his life.
It's down to that.
Friday night, Chatham County Superior Court Judge Penny Haas Freesemann rejected Davis' extraordinary motion for a new trial as insufficient to meet requirements for a hearing.
She also denied Davis' motion for a stay of execution.
Parole board members will meet privately with Davis' attorneys and supporters behind closed doors.
In a separate afternoon session starting at 1 p.m., those who oppose clemency similarly will meet with the board.
Board members can deny clemency, or they can commute the death sentence to life or life without parole.
Whichever way the decision goes, it will not erase the guilty verdict of a Chatham County Superior Court jury on Aug. 28, 1991.
In a filing with the board Friday, attorneys for Davis - Jay Ewart and Danielle Garten of Washington - listed 10 witnesses they plan to have speak for Davis. The list includes his sister, Martina Correia, and their mother, Virginia Davis.
Six others, including three from Amnesty International, also plan to attend, the attorneys said.
Chatham County District Attorney Spencer Lawton Jr. and his chief assistant, David Lock; MacPhail's widow, Joan; a group of family members, and retired Police Chief David Gellatly are expected to be in the afternoon group.
MacPhail, working off-duty security at the Greyhound Bus Terminal at Oglethorpe Avenue and Fahm Street in 1989, was gunned down as he tried to help a man being pistol-whipped.
But on Monday, attorneys for Davis filed an extraordinary motion for new trial and a motion to stay the execution in Superior Court.
The next day, local prosecutors challenged the filing as an unfounded, 11th-hour effort to delay the execution, and they were upheld.
If Troy Anthony Davis is executed Tuesday, he will be the 40th man executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted the death penalty in 1973. He will be the 18th inmate put to death by lethal injection.