22 September, 2011

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a last-ditch appeal from Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, allowing the state to proceed with the scheduled execution Wednesday evening of the convicted killer.

Prison officials say the execution will begin in 30 minutes.

The justices, in a brief order, turned aside a request for a stay of execution.

Davis' lawyers and high-profile supporters had asked the state and various courts to intervene, arguing he did not murder an off-duty Savannah police officer.

Davis had been scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. ET and the execution had been on hold for more than two hours.

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