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.

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  1. RIP Troy

    Why couldn't the courts give this man a polygraph test? If he was truly innocent, this is a tragedy.

    September 22, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rev: Damian Scott

    Men who sit in high places are not God....So stop acting like you are! What happened to the words forgiveness.

    September 22, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. jja

    "Maintained his innocence till the end." Spare me, please – they're ALL innocent, haven't you heard? Walk into any prison in the world and none of them ever committed the crime – or any crime. The next one who says – "Yeah, I did it," will be the first that I've ever heard of. And we should believe him because murderers, rapists and robbers, always tell the truth.

    Oh and ummm, the witnesses "recanting?" Why just now, do they suddenly believe they fingered the wrong man?? I mean, they had only 22 years to think about it, but suddenly, 22 years later, 7 of them now see the light? Really? Save your tears for someone who really deserves them and it sure isn't this guy...

    September 22, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • love

      you know what is wrong with people like u .u dont know who god is how can u sit there and judge this man why dont u put your self in his place it is quite clear that this man died for a crime he did not commit. ok my heart goes out the victoms famley but putting the wroung man to beath will not change any thing .only forgiveness can heal all these broken hearts

      September 22, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Roxanne

      any college student that has taken introductory Psychology can tell you that eyewitness accounts are VERY unreliable....just saying...

      September 22, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Parent of a GA public servant

    Justice prevailed tonight!. Troy Davis was evil to the end with his final words he knew he would cause more violence. I am a parent of a public servant that serves in GA and was attempted to be murdered on his job. He lived and is left with scars inside and out and still works at his job. Daily he is subjected to murderous threats. I pray tonight for my son and every police officer, sheriff, fireman, paramedic and all other public servants who are on duty to protect and serve the public. Who protects them? Georgia is a very dangerous state to work in as a public servant because of serious race violence and this is one more excuse for the low life to change the lives of an entire family with more crime.. Ours will never be the same; my son will never be the same medically.. The bad guys carry guns and have gangs to intimidate.. Our family now carrys guns as private citizens. Build more prisons. Give more death sentences. When your son or daughter is killed or disfigured on duty just see how you feel. My pain never ends. I want all police to be viligant and have the Gov call in the Nat'l Guard if just one public servant is harmed over this. I have no more tollerance. There are more bad guys on the streets in GA than decent humans. How dare Troy Davis bless anyone. After 22 yrs. there was a through investigation and don't forget the first policeman Davis shot and lived to ID him. I don't want to hear of inequality...dead is dead and many criminals get off to easy with short sentences. I don't feel sorry for Troy, but I am praying for the murdered policeman's family.. Blacks do not get harsher sentences than whites..and that is a fact..Parents need to train their children to get an education then crime will not be important to the child. I am watching what occurs in next weeks.Nothing should happen if you teach your children right!Justice worked!
    I pray for the police and they stand tall and protect each other with more viligance than before. God Bless the Slain sheriff's family and I just cannot forget or forgive the pool of blood my son layed in. Put yourself in my place or the Slain sheriff's pplace and you will get a differnt opinion. GA murderers are getting younger and deserve severe sentences.

    September 22, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • HeartbrokeninBK

      You're an idiot for everything you wrote here. YOU ARE NOT IN ANY WAY DEMONSTRATING WITH YOUR WORDS TROY DAVIS'S GUILT. What kind of world do you live in? 95% of death row inmates are black and poor. The justice system is BIASED. The death penalty IS A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION. IT IS IMMORAL. Did you know nearly 150 people have been exonerated from death row since the 1970's? HUH?! DID YOU KNOW THAT?! of course you didn't, you ignorant hateful shut-in. It is people like you that keep perpetuating the cycle of violence and hatred.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • love

      lady who god are u praying to .u have so much hate in your heart .take some of that hate and try replaceing it with little love for man kind yes we have evil people in this world and i am sorry for what happend to your love one but only god can judge .dont spend the rest of your life thinking that every man in prison is guilty cause that not the case

      September 22, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sam

    Black people do not care whether he actually killed him or not. Blacks simply want to see him do it and get away with it. It was the exact same way with the O.J. trials

    September 22, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Ama Quansah

      You are absolutely Wrong. This has nothing to do with black or white. If there are doubts in any case you have to look into it. Whether he was innocent or not there were doubts in his case.. That the point!

      September 22, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Upset American

    You have Casey Anthony walking around her serving probation for fraud, when they had no evidence to convict her of killing her daughter, when all she did was lie and send the police on a goose chase for things that didn't exist...but they call her crazy. So she was acquitted. Now Troy, no different except that he is black, and the victim was a white cop. They also had no physical evidence that related him to the crime. Now Troy Davis is Dead as of 11:08 p.m. Where is the justice and when will the racism end...Don't blame Obama for this he is not God, he also a regular person walking this Earth just like everybody else, he can only do so much...But what i want to know who gives the Supreme Court the right to take a man life, who are they to say if someone should live or not live, Only God has the right to judge anyone, the death Penalty doesn't resolve anything.

    September 22, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Ahem....7 black jury members found him guilty..read up on the real story, instead of getting your news from entertainment weekly !

      September 22, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Upset American

      Ahem...how bout you read up on what the black jury said," If i knew i what i knew back then, Troy Davis would not have be convicted...and Ahem to that!!!

      September 22, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      SOO, what are you implying? The blacks on that jury were unaware of the facts? Did they not sit there watching the trail?

      September 22, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I guess the bullet match that helped convict him was a fake.he was a thug and killed a person,before he killed again. He was a killer. Not a martyr

      September 22, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Upset American

      OK... really what is your definition of a thug??? right now you are being upright ignorant. What I'm saying anybody can threaten you and your family to testify on something that you know is wrong. Innocent or guilty, nobody that walks this earth has to the right to take any ones life. What is this going to resolve??? i guess now that Davis is dead MacPhail is going to rise from the dead and rejoice...yea right...Two wrongs don't make a Right!!!

      September 22, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tera Dior

    It is extremely dark, barbaric, morbid and macabre that the people who had a family member murdered will sit there and watch an innocent man be murdered. The Mom is the worst, absolutely horrid.

    September 22, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Justice was done!

      Another "compassionate" liberal/progressive smears the McPhail family.

      Disgusting.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rick Findley

    Yes, it was wrong that Officer McPhail was murdered. However, what does this execution accomplish? Does it miraculously bring him back? No. All this does is satisfy the feelings of revenge. We must have justice everyone says. Ok, so Davis is dead. Do you feel better now? But wait, Officer McPhail is still dead. Need more revenge. How many more people have to die before these infantile feelings are satisfied? How is it that most of the civilized world has turned their back on the death penalty, yet we, who claim to be the most powerful nation on earth, cannot get past the idea of acting like kindergarteners when something like this happens? The answer is- we have no incentive to act civilized. Those states that have the death penalty are indicative of one truth- those citizens love death, love it, love it, love it. At least, those in favor of capital punishment. So, I ask those people, what are you going to do for an encore? What happens when you run out of people to kill to satisfy your bloodlust? You people who are in favor of the death penalty are no better than many third world heathens who have no clue what civilization means. And people wonder why we are on the decline. My condolences to not only Mr. Davis and his family, but Officer McPhail's family as well. In short, there are no winners here tonight people, only losers. We as a society in general have regressed to the point where the only justice we are happy with is at the end of a needle, rope, electrical current or bullet from a firing squad. It shows how far we have fallen as a people and how far we have yet to go. In the meantime, I pray that those of you who feel that the death penalty is appropriate, can justify yourselves before God when the time comes. Taking life, except in war or self defense is always wrong. Life is a gift from God, and it is not up to us as human beings to decide when it is appropriate to end. That would make all of you who are in favor of the death penalty more powerful than God???? Get over yourselves, or should I start ducking the lightning bolts you are going to send my way now???? Guess I had better hide huh, before you find some reason (made up of course), to come knocking on my door and stick me with a needle to satisfy your murderous rage, right?

    September 22, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • love

      rick i agree with every word u wrote .may god have mercy on all of them including the family that think there have peace.there is no peace with out forgiveness. troy is gone at peace with god my pray is that the victom family can find that peace in god in the mist of all this its years ago i wonder what there son would have said ? the way the mother spoke about him it sound like he would have said let him go

      September 22, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tony Cook

    America you are a young and unsophisticated nation. Do you really believe that the machinery of chaos can achieve more than true vision. This is pure ego thinking but don't worry about it too much. Truth is inevitable and as you grow you will realize that there is nothing you can do to alter it. But for now you would do well to remember that you will receive exactly what you give. In this you are an outward picture of an inward condition. Good luck!

    September 22, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Justice was done!

      And your "UK" is a corrupt and senile nation.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Thank you,PAKISTAN

      September 22, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Why no hate for the "liars" who put him there?

    How about it Doug, the PHD, or Tera Dior? What should we do with people who lie in a trial and send an "innocent" man to his death?

    September 22, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sam

    What do you people really care about a murdering piece of trash who gets the death penalty? Did you actually know the guy? Is it really going to affect your life in any way? Get a life. No one's going to miss him

    September 22, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • KellyinBoston

      His sister is going to miss him, RIGHT? And are you really in favor of executing people who are innocent? I'm just seeking clarification.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. KellyinBoston

    Well, its clear some number of people lied in this whole, ugly case–Either the execution victim, and the people who later said that he was innocent, or, alternatively, the police and prosecutors who so eagerly sought his prosectuion and execution. God will sort out the lies and punish the guilty appropriately. I'm betting on Davis being innocent of this crime, but will probably never know if I was right. I give my best hopes to the families of both the crime victims and the Mr. Davis.

    September 22, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. lalurie

    American's are still this barbaric. Amazing to me. What makes them any better than other countries? How can someone put a needle in someone's arm, knowing it will kill them. I STRONGLY oppose the death penalty. I'm glad I am not American, this is disgusting.

    September 22, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Justice was done!

      We are quite grateful that you are not American too.

      Now go home.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • KellyinBoston

      I hear your concern. I would say that a vast majority of Americans don't believe that capital punishment is correct in a fatally flawed criminal conviction like this one, but some number of us (sorry, including me) think that capital punishment is correct in really heinous cases where the guilty party is clearly guilty. I know that we are outside the world mainstream on this one. Keep talking to us, though....I think htat we are fundamentally a people who want a just and responsible public.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    I am so glad we got the White President Obama instead of the Black one, aren't you?

    September 22, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • KellyinBoston

      ?

      September 22, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Hell yeah

      September 22, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tom Brady

    Oh look, its the uncivilized part of the US called the 'GOOD OL SOUTH aka Bible belt". Greetings from New England, you bunch of dirty animals.

    September 22, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
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