Troy Davis put to death
September 21st, 2011
11:50 PM ET

Troy Davis put to death

Georgia inmate Troy Davis was executed Wednesday night for the 1989 murder of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty Savannah police officer.

Davis died at 11:08 p.m. ET, according to a prison official. The execution was about four hours later than initially scheduled, because prison officials waited for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Davis' request for a stay.

After 10 p.m. ET, the Supreme Court, in a brief order, rejected Davis' request. His supporters had sought to prevent the execution, saying seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony.

Below are the developments as they happened. Read the full story here.

[Updated at 11:50 p.m.] Jon Lewis of WSB radio, one of the execution witnesses, gave this account of the minutes before Davis' death:

After the warden read the execution order and asked whether Davis had anything to say, Davis - strapped to a gurney - lifted his head up and looked at the witness area's first row, which was where MacPhail's relatives and friends sat.

“(Davis) made a statement in which he said ... 'Despite the situation you're in, (I) was not the one who did it.' He said he was not personally responsible for what happened that night, that he did not have a gun. He said to the family that he was sorry for their loss, but also said that he did not take their son, father, brother.

"He said to them to dig deeper into this case, to find out the truth. He asked his family and friends to keep praying, to keep working, to keep the faith. And then he said to the prison staff, the ones he said 'are going to take my life,' ... ‘May God have mercy on your souls,’ and his last words to them (were), 'May God bless your souls.'"

Another witness, reporter Rhonda Cook of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, also gave quotes from Davis. According to her, Davis said: "The incident that night was not my fault. I did not have gun."

"And that’s when he told his friends to continue the fight and 'look deeper into this case so you can really find the truth,'" Cook said.

Davis also said, according to Cook: "For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on your souls, may God bless your souls."

Davis said to the MacPhail family, according to Cook: "I did not personally kill your son, father and brother. I am innocent."

Hours earlier, Davis declined what the prison offered him as a final meal, Cook said.

[Updated at 11:12 p.m.] Davis has been executed, a prison representative has said. The time of death was 11:08 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 10:55 p.m.] Davis' execution is expected to begin between 11:05 to 11:10 p.m. ET, the Georgia Department of Corrections says.

[Updated at 10:36 p.m.] People who'd been protesting for hours across the street from the prison where Davis will be executed are chanting, "We are Troy Davis," CNN's David Mattingly reported.

[Updated at 10:21 p.m.] The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Davis' motion for a stay of execution.

Word of the Supreme Court's decision comes more than three hours after Davis was scheduled to be executed, and more than four hours after Davis' attorneys had filed the motion.

With the ruling, Georgia is expected to proceed with Davis' execution.

[Updated at 10:07 p.m.] The daylong gathering across the street from the prison by Davis' supporters has turned into a candlelight vigil, CNN's Gustavo Valdes reports. Hundreds still are waiting for a resolution. Some are praying, and some others are singing.

[Updated at 9:41 p.m.] The Rev. Raphael Warnock said he was standing with Davis' relatives on the grounds of the prison when they heard the execution wouldn't happen at the scheduled time.

"I was standing with the family at about 7 p.m. By that time, of course, naturally, we were expecting the worst," Warnock, a pastor to Davis' family, told CNN's Piers Morgan. "Suddenly we began to hear cheers from the crowd across the way, and the word came that the execution had been delayed.

"Certainly we're glad that Troy Davis is still alive, but we are still witnessing, in my estimation, a civil right violation and a human rights violation in the worst way unfold before our very eyes. This is Troy Davis’ fourth execution date. I’m glad that he’s alive, but that in and of itself is cruel and unusual punishment. America can do much better than this."

Asked if Davis had had what would have been offered as a last meal, Warnock indicated that Davis might have skipped it.

“I do know that on the last time he received an execution warrant, he refused his last meal," Warnock said. "I spoke earlier tonight with his nephew ... and he said his uncle would refuse his last meal again today. He has continued to insist that this is not his last meal. I must say to you that he evinces a faith that is just amazing, even to me as his pastor."

[Updated at 9:05 p.m.] The number of police officers standing outside the Georgia prison housing Davis has risen to more than 100, CNN's David Mattingly reported. The officers are watching protesters, who've been across the street for hours.

The crowd has been orderly, Mattingly said. While it had been chanting for much of the day, they're "probably as quiet as I’ve heard them all night," Mattingly reported.

[Updated at 8:55 p.m.] Dozens of people have gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in support of Davis, footage from CNN affiliate WJLA shows.

Still no ruling from the court on Davis' request for a stay of execution.

[Updated at 8:39 p.m.] This video report from CNN's David Mattingly, made about 40 minutes ago, shows the people who've been protesting across the street from the prison where Davis is being held, and the police officers in riot gear who are in front of the prison, watching the protesters.

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[Updated at 8:19 p.m.] The mother of the police officer that Davis was convicted of killing told CNN's Anderson Cooper that she is "absolutely devastated" that the execution has yet to happen.

“I’m absolutely devastated because I want it over with. ... They’ve been through the courts four times there in Georgia. They’ve been to the Supreme Court three times," Anneliese MacPhail said in an interview from her home, referring to previous delays. "This delay, again, is very upsetting and I think very unfair to us."

"I'd like to close this book," she said. "We feel (Davis is) guilty. The evidence and everything that we have seen - that I have seen , because I’ve been to all the trials - he is guilty, and I believe in that. And so does the rest of my family.”

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[Updated at 8:10 p.m.] The time that the U.S. Supreme Court is taking to rule on Davis' motion for a stay of execution is unusual, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said. "Usually, it’s handled pretty promptly," Toobin said.

Davis' lawyers filed the motion at about 6 p.m., an hour before Davis' scheduled execution. The state attorney general's office filed a response shortly afterward.

The two hours that the court has had the motion is "not a long time, but it's long enough for (the nine justices) to respond and say, 'Go ahead,'" Toobin said. "So it does suggest that they’re taking this seriously, and there may be some disagreement.”

[Updated at 7:43 p.m.] After a brief moment of jubilation upon hearing that the execution hasn't yet happened, Davis' supporters - who have gathered outside the grounds of the prison where he is being held - are regrouping and talking about what might be next, CNN's Emma Lacey-Bordeaux reports. "Troy Davis can never die" is a common theme.

The state of Georgia isn't proceeding with the execution until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Davis' request for a stay. Davis' attorneys filed the request about an hour before Davis' scheduled 7 p.m. execution.

Davis' supporters, who had been chanting, are now letting out cheers as drivers pass and honk their horns. Otherwise, the mood is tense as they wait for a development, Lacey-Bordeaux reports.

[Updated at 7:26 p.m.] The state of Georgia hasn't yet proceeded with the execution of Troy Davis, because it is waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on his request for a stay, CNN's Bill Mears reports.

Davis had been scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. ET. His attorneys filed a motion asking the Supreme Court for a stay about an hour before the scheduled execution time.

[Updated at 7:06 p.m.] Inside the grounds of the prison where Davis is scheduled to be executed, about 100 people, including Davis' sister, have formed a tight circle and are praying and singing, CNN's Gustavo Valdes reports.

[Updated at 6:32 p.m.] Davis' attorneys have filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for a stay of execution, the court has said. No decision yet.

[Updated at 6:28 p.m.] Earlier, this blog mentioned a protest outside the White House against Troy Davis' scheduled execution. Here is video of the protest:

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[Updated at 6:20 p.m.] CNN's David Mattingly notes that according to the state Department of Corrections' schedule, Davis would have been offered a mild sedative, to calm his nerves, at 6 p.m.

[Updated at 5:58 p.m.] Davis' supporters outside the Jackson, Georgia, prison where he is to be executed are growing louder, CNN's David Mattingly reports. Frequent chants include: "Death Row? Hell No!" and "Free Troy Davis."

[Updated at 5:54 p.m.] CNN's David Mattingly notes that Davis, who had been scheduled for execution three previous times, "has never been as close to dying as he is at this hour." A previous scheduled execution was called off more than two hours before it was to happen; this time, Davis is a little more than an hour from the scheduled time.

"He has already said goodbye to friends and family visiting today," Mattingly writes. "He's been served his last meal. Everyone is waiting to see if a last-minute appeal now working it's way up the legal system might somehow stop or delay Troy Davis' pending appointment with lethal injection."

[Updated at 5:41 p.m.] The Georgia Supreme Court says it has unanimously denied a stay of execution for Troy Davis.

The court also denied his request for another appeal to be heard.

His attorneys will now ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution - Davis' last hope, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said.

"The United States Supreme Court has a procedure in place. They know when executions are coming; they are expecting an application, so I expect this will be acted on fairly quickly. ... It’s unlikely that a stay will be granted, but that possibility exists, and that’s Troy Davis’ only hope," Toobin said.

[Updated at 4:33 p.m.] With one eye on the clock, celebrity supporters of Troy Davis are using their platforms to continue to spread the word about the Georgia inmate.

[Updated at 4:31 p.m.] A Butts County Superior Court judge has declined to halt the execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Davis’ attorney Brian Kammer tells CNN the appeal is now being brought before the Georgia Supreme Court.

[Updated at 4:14 p.m.] Davis saw 25 visitors Wednesday during the six-hour window (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) he was allowed to receive them before his scheduled 7 p.m. execution, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

The visitors included relatives, friends, clergy and an attorney.

[Updated at 3:06 p.m.] A look at Davis' schedule today at the Jackson, Georgia, prison where he is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m., from CNN's John Murgatroyd:

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Visitation with family, friends, clergy and/or attorneys.

3 p.m.: Will undergo a physical.

4 p.m.: Last meal offered.

5 p.m.: Opportunity to record final statement.

6 p.m.: An optional sedative will be offered.

[Updated at 3:02 p.m.]  About 100 people have gathered outside the White House in Washington, D.C., protesting Davis' scheduled execution in Georgia. The crowd consists mostly of students from Washington's Howard University, CNN's Lesa Jansen and Bob Kovach report.

One of the protesters, Howard graduate student Tamatha Scott, said in a CNN iReport video that the students marched from Howard to the White House, responding to student leaders' call to protest on Twitter.

“I started seeing the tweets about it late last night. It has been a very peaceful protest,” Scott said.

CNN's Lesa Jansen took this photo of the protest:

[Updated at 2:38 p.m.] An example of the high-profile support that Davis has received: Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, posted the following to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon:

"The State should not be executing Troy Davis. . . if there is even a chance that he is innocent, why execute?"

Davis has gained international support. Public figures including Pope Benedict XVI, Desmond Tutu and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, entertainers such as Susan Sarandon, Harry Belafonte and the Indigo Girls, and others have joined with Amnesty International, the NAACP and other groups in supporting Davis' efforts to be exonerated. On Wednesday, the French Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it "deeply regrets" the parole board's decision.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m.] Outside the Jackson, Georgia, prison where Davis is to be executed at 7 p.m., many of the speakers have struck hopeful notes, and some say they hope to change the system for the future, CNN's Emma Lacey-Bordeaux reports.

Many are holding hand-lettered signs, with messages such as, "Spare Troy Davis." Some have produced signs showing Davis' picture and the message, "NAACP says too much doubt."

One of the signs carried outside the Jackson prison refers to the NAACP's stance.

[Updated at 1:34 p.m.] Dozens of people have already gathered at the prison in Jackson, Georgia, where Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, CNN's Gustavo Valdes reported.

People gather Wednesday outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia, where Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is among those at the site.

The group is praying and holding hands, Valdes reported.

[Updated at 1:28 a.m. ET]  The Georgia Department of Corrections told CNN it has denied a request by Troy Davis' lawyers to conduct a polygraph test.

[Updated at 10:16 a.m. ET] The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has declined to reconsider its decision denying clemency to Troy Davis.

Supporters of Davis have been hoping that some last-ditch efforts might help save him from being executed on Wednesday night. Earlier Wednesday, his team filed an appeal asking to stay his execution.

[Posted at 9:13 a.m. ET] Attorneys for Troy Davis, facing execution in Georgia at 7 p.m. Wednesday, have filed a request to stay his execution in Butts County Superior Court.

Davis is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday night in Jackson, Georgia, for the 1989 shooting death of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail.

The parole board declined to grant Davis clemency Tuesday following a hearing Monday in which it heard testimony calling into question physical evidence and witness statements that a Chatham County jury relied on in convicting Davis in 1991. In Georgia, only the board - not the governor - has the right to grant clemency.

Since Davis' conviction, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Davis' supporters say the original witnesses were fearful of police and spoke under duress.

Other witnesses also have since come forward with accounts that call Davis' conviction into question, according to his supporters.

soundoff (5,817 Responses)
  1. thegodpuzzle

    You don't make a perceived wrong right by committing another wrong.
    You have no evidence against this guy.
    You will have more blood on your hands and an outraged public.
    We, the people, will not sit by and watch while you continue to slaughter innocent people in order to protect your ring of corruption.
    Stop killing people NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Douglas

    Reading between the lines, I noticed that Mr. Davis was involved in another shooting. I would like to know more about this and more about his background and any other record. It seems there was physical evidence with the shell casings from both shootings. I would like the media to more fully delve into this instead of pandering to one side of the argument. Quit making us guess at the truth and quit trying to make this an emotional exercise. The death penalty is serious business, let's treat it as such.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      that's what the media is best at, getting people emotional..
      people make irrational decisions when emotion is involved..

      September 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. askmehow

    UNITED STATES COURT ALLOW CONTAMINATED EVIDENCE BEFORE JUDGE AND JURY.

    Where is the gun, how can a court of law in the U.S. accept the conclusion of a ballistic expert when there is no positive identification. No positive identification of the weapon!!!!! This is equivalent to a U.S. court accepting a death certificate of a person who was never even examined by a forensic anthropologists at a morgue. The evidence collected from the crime scene was not handled correctly (all put together in the same bag). Evidence is 'contaminated' if the evidence is false or misleading in any respect.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      I agree. I can't believe the jury didn't have "resonable doubt". I'm just not seeing the so called 'proof' the prosecution's side had.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stephanie

    I believe it's time for the whole world to grow-up, emotionally. Wars ... Mainly just watching people jockeying for position of dominants. We can't even vote with any hope, power wins the day. Jails are filled with lost souls, who instead of getting help for drug, alcohol & mental illness we prefer to make monetary gain with no concern of the lives we torcher. Just as long as we don't have to be responsible for their live liberty and pursuit of happiness.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Stephanie, take a remedial spelling course asap.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      @George - Leave Stephanie alone. This is the comments section of a website. She's not writing a cover letter for a resume here.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stabbed

    Georgia needs to get out of the killing business unless it is definitely proven the person accused committed the crime. Georgia needs to get out of the paroling business. Georgia needs to get out of the probation business. Georgia needs to build prisons and if you are sentenced to prison after a fair trial, serve your time. But first you must put into place fair judges that won't give harsh sentences for minor crimes. What's the answer. I don't know. I just know it is not right under current practices.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee Chase

      Well said!!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      I so agree with you!

      September 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Oldguy

    30 years ago I plead guilty to a felony that I DID NOT commit because I had a public defender that wanted a job in the DA's office, a DA that needed a conviction, a "witness" that needed a reduced sentence and a fiancee that probably wouldn't have waited for 10-15 years if I had fought the case and been convicted. The justice system is not infallible, it can be manipulated and corrupted in so many ways. In this case their is reasonable doubt, and this man should be given the benefit of that doubt. To many people have been executed only to be proven innocent later. Let God judge him.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. benny v

    Davis shot another man in the face... it is only by shear luck that that man survived. Had he died, Davis would be on the hook for TWO murders, one confirmed, one alleged.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Actually, the case against Davis with regards to shooting Cooper is not at all rock-solid. It's weaker than the case with regards to MacPhail.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • askmehow

      You really want to bring more contaminated evidence to make a case.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel

      Actually nearly all the witnesses have recanted their statements and testimony against him, the other victim has been one Davis' SUPPORTERS in his trying to stay execution, they said the DA coerced them into testifying against him, this case has COMPLETELY fallen apart.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DBH2

    To All, 15 years of delays on this mans part with no real evidence that acquits him of his crim. In the mean time a young boy grew up without his father because of the actions of this man. Not only once, but twice the man (Davis) was involved with acts of violence against another human with the very same weapon. If it was your family member I feel confident you would want David dead as well. But no, they just through out false testimony to delay this execution. Truth be told some people truly deserve to die. Davis is one.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaysen

      Where is the physical evidence to back this up? Where are the witnesses? There are TWO people who have not recanted/changed their stories–how can you be so sure? This is a man's life we're talking about.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      Who are you to determine if someone should die?? You're no better than Troy Davis. Bottom line is there are too many loop holes in this case. If they don't want to give him a retrial, give the man life in prison; DON"T KILL HIM!!

      September 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      The case against Davis has been slowly unraveling for the past several years. It's horrible to think that you would send a man to the gallows when he may be innocent.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Vumba

    Where I live, this year's violent crime count, meaning cops vs bad guys caught in the act, have already claimed 7 black males. After every shooting the black community immediately claims the police officer did not have to shoot the bad guy in the act of committing a crime. Don't mind that the bad guy shot at the police after being told to stop. Of course each case has that 'mystery' thing surrounding it, why did the police shoot, why did the police chase them, why did the police...Never once does the black community come out and say "if so and so would not have put himself in that position the police would not have to shoot them". It's always the blame game, heaven forbid we play the accountability game. And they wonder why...

    September 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee Chase

      They whonder why WHAT?? Not all African Americans play the blame game. In this case, however, there is a considerable amount of reasonable doubt. That's all I'm concerned about. REASONABLE DOUBT. If you have a thought you want to express, get it out! Don't taper off at the end. You look like a coward.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      As long as we are playing the "accountability game" let's ask ourselves: why the police allegedly found forensic evidence in a search where they did not have a warrant?

      This was a MURDER investigation. With such demonstrated incompetence on behalf of the police when it came to obtaining critical forensics evidence, why should we trust ONE THING they came up with as a part of that investigation. Indeed, why should we even trust that they found what they say they found, and didn't plant the blood/brain splatter on the shorts themselves?

      Seriously, folks. The police–at best–made stupid rookie mistakes. At worst, they railroaded Davis onto death row.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      @ Vumba....so I guess African Americans are the only people committing crimes these days. COME ON! Be real with yourself. We rally against instances like this NOT because of race ut because of injustice behind it. If the situation was the exact same but the guy was white I would STILL stand behind him and support him. Take race out of the picture and look at the case itself. There are too many loop holes!! White people pull the race card more than blacks. It's not a white/black situation. It's a right/wrong situation. Get over yourself....

      September 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vumba

      Dee Chase, the act of being a black militant is so passe. I understand being civil is not part of the act but maybe in the future...By the way, good luck in getting a job in the 'whiteman's world', you go girl!

      Justice, because the story was about a black man I thought it would be interesting to relate another story, with a black perspective. Unfortunately none of it was made-up. I'm not really sure I wrote what you claimed. I just figured you were on one of those liberal rants so I best just let you go. Anything else? Please let me know.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mr. G

    I wish they would show the execution on TV. He could be a loser on survivor!

    Lying Filth

    September 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      WOW Mr. G. What a heartless comment. It's time to grow up. This is not a laughing matter nor a situation we should make fun of. A possibly innocent man could lose his life tonight... Please remember, you will be judged by your comments at the end of the day. Speak smarter....

      September 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the 46th Pres

    This is not his first conviction. He has killed before. get rid of him and the expense to the State of Georgia.

    Death Row needs an express checkout for people like this. He is nothing more than a cop killer.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonya

      Where does it say anywhere that he has killed before? Please find that anywhere in this story and the history of the story and say that again...

      September 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      The fact that he may or may not have killed before HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE. He is not being convicted of all of his crimes combined. We should stop judging him by things he has done in the past if it has no direct affect on this case. Crime and violence will forever be present in this world. You act like getting rid of Troy Davis will fix this. It will not. People will continue to kill and hurt others. Yes its senseless but that's the world we live in.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lou

    He's all done!! Last appeal just failed. Lets put this cop killer down before he costs us another penny!! And for all u libs out there did u really think u were going to be able to save this guy by sleeping all day and being on Facebook all night. To u I say time to get a life!!!

    September 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coker

      you are right. Georgia needs to make an example out of him. to many people want to "feel sorry" for people who have murdered innocent people. the victim seems to be forgotten after a short while and all the attention turns to how the murder is not being treated right. Well maybe he should not have shot a man in the face in the first place.... has anyone thought of that while protesting his death sentence?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhioMike

      You speak of a fellow human being like he was a dog. Put him down? No state has the right to murder someone on the presumption of guilt. That's right, murder – the intetional killing of an another human being. Spare me the comparisons about war, etc. State-sponsored killing is by definition murder.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • askmehow

      UNITED STATES COURT ALLOW CONTAMINATED EVIDENCE BEFORE JUDGE AND JURY. If this is your idea of justice, stay on that side of the law.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaden

      Lou, It actually cost more tax money to execute him then to give him life if prison. Look it up, and how inhumane of you I agree with OhioMike, he isn't an animal you can't just "put him down." Also, read up on the case, you might change your mind. Anyone who actually reads into the case, can't believe in giving him the death penalty.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    It's cold-blooded premeditated murder–the execution, I mean.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee Chase

      Wow. I like how you put this.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Street Knowledge

    This type of injustice will continue to happen until people open their minds and realize that the cops will do anything to frame a person especially minorities. I grew up seeing this on a daily basis in Compton, CA in the 70's and 80's. As an adult I now work in the corporate world. I have been selected as a juror many times and what I have consistently learned from this is that you have people in this world who have no reason to think the police are corrupt so they judge based off of that. They do not necessarily base their decision on the evidence that is presented rather than the thought of an officer taking an oath to protect and serve so how could he possibly not be telling the truth. Are they just a product of their environment? Is this ok since they were not privy to seeing the things that I saw? I have no doubt that there are good cops and bad cops however in my experience I have seen mostly the bad.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Justice

    Innocent men and women are convicted of crimes they didn't commit everyday. In the case of Troy Davis, there are too many loop holes in this case. There is no weapon, no valid physical evidence, and 7 out of the 9 witnessess have recanted or changed their story. COME ON PEOPLE!!! I'm not saying Troy is innocent because I wasn't there BUT there is too much doubt in this case to take this man's life. It's time out for racism because that's what this is all about. Casey Anthony got off free because they could not prove that she was guilty and they had no evidence against her. This is the same situation. The state of GA has nothing but a bunch of he say she say testimonials. For one, that's not enough to convict a man of murder and DEFINITELY not enough to execute him. We have to put a stop to this nonsense. We have to stand for what's right regardless of race. Killing Troy Davis will not make the mother of the police officer sleep any better at night because her son is still gone. We have to be very careful what we wish for. Everyone will be judged in the end by God himself. It is not up to the state of GA to decide that man's fate. WAKE UP PEOPLE.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
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