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After exhaustive pleas and campaigns to stop the execution of Georgia resident Troy Anthony Davis, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied an 11th-hour clemency plea Tuesday, clearing the way for Davis's execution on Wednesday.

The much talked about Davis case caught national attention over the years as seven of nine witnesses to the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah, Ga., police officer Mark MacPhail changed or recanted their testimony.

Nearly 700,000 people around the world campaigned for Davis’s life to be spared, including Pope Benedict, President Carter, and former FBI head William Sessions.

The parole board appeal was a last-ditch effort for Davis after the Supreme Court, in a highly unusual move, demanded a district court review of the case last year.

However, the review found that new evidence and changes in witness testimony didn't substantially affect the validity of the original 1991 murder conviction.

Davis is accused of being the triggerman in MacPhail’s shooting death. MacPhail, a former Army Ranger and young father, was gunned down outside a Burger King in Savannah, Ga.

One piece of new evidence included testimony that a different man at the scene later confessed he pulled the trigger.

No conclusive physical evidence tied Davis to the crime and he has always maintained he was innocent.

Davis declined to order a special last meal; instead, he will be served what's on the menu at the Georgia state prison in Jackson before his execution Wednesday: grilled cheeseburger, oven-browned potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, cookies and a grape beverage.

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