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. Jacob

    The Death Penalty should be quick and swift after conviction, NOT AFTER 20 YEARS OF WASTING AWAY IN A CELL as the convict awaits the date of his death. Its inhumane. I honestly think it should be abolished. Eye for an Eye will not bring a victim back.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hooligan

    At this point... I really hope he DID kill that cop.. because if he didnt then we have 2 men dead for no reason at all.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. solowd

    I still don't understand why we have a death penalty. Even if someone deserves to die for their crime, the state is totally incapable of efficiently doing the job. Does anyone, even the supporters of the death penalty, think that a decade of appeals and new evidence is JUSTICE?

    September 22, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hooligan

    At this point... I really hope he DID kill that cop.. because if he didnt then we have two innocent men dead for no reason at all.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Save Ferris

      I know, you just said that 3 minutes ago!

      September 22, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tiffany

    Again, this country major religion is Christianity! The bible says thou shalt not judge or kill. Also, what good did it do? Are the victims back? What if he is guilty? We suppose to leave life to God. If someone killed my family member, God will take care of that person.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Hooligan

      lol.... how naive

      September 22, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Troy

    Let's not forget even some of the jurors have said if they had known then what they know now they would not have convicted. Also coming from a family of cops they do coerce witnesses especially when it comes to one of their own. They threaten, harass, make trades, contaminate and falsify evidence, and reports. So many people recanting their story speaks to this.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. CDSJr

    I would hope with all of my being that resources will be dedicated to a much deserved "Wrongful Death" suit towards the prosecutors in the Troy Davis case. "to late for admission of evidence" by the prosecutors... What is that? there is no statute of limitations on criminal prosecution. Why is there limitations on evidence that potentially proves innocence? It is both illogical and immoral.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Nikephoros

    All of those of you who feel ashamed to be American can go to hell or move to China or Russia. That is where you stupid people belong to!!

    September 22, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hooligan

      sorry, I was born here and belong here and I am still unsatisfied with how things are going down... and unless you have native blood in you... you have no right to tell anyone to "go back to where you came from" seeing how you are most likely the descendant of an immigrant

      NEXT

      September 22, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Stupid people indeed

      You mean like "stupid people" that don't know how to use the adverb "too"?

      September 22, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Never made a typing error Stupid People? Yet that's all you could find to pick at. Hehe stupid indeed.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anita Fortin

    Shame on the United States for their death penalty.
    That country still lives in the Middle Ages.
    Revenge, a death for a death. Again, shame on you governor of Texas.
    You relish the power to kill. That's what you did. You killed a man. If you have
    a conscience, this murder will follow you to your own end.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Taj

    I believe that the state of Georgia Killed an innocent man... I honeslty dont like to put the race card game out there but in this case it sure as hell looks like it. For example, look at the Casey Anthony case, the prosicuters in that case against her couldnt convict her without a reasonable doubt. She got off 4 that reason. And yet witness in this case recanted their statements due to the fact of cops pressuring witnesses to blame Troy in the killings of the off duty cop. There was no proof of evidence of this man killing this police officer. Where is the gun? police never found it... Troy has been in prison for 20 yrs and yet you would think that they would of found the gun that killed the off duty cop. There was evidence that could of proved that Troy is innocent. When Troy Davis was on the gerny and he lifted his head and looked at the vicitims family saying "I didnt kill this man, i am innocent." This statement sounds truthful cuz out of all the inmates who where exicuted never would say that. The state of Georgia made a huge mistake. Then you all have to look at this too as well, look whos on Death Row and is still alive. Charles Manson? who has been on Death Row since the late 1970's and his crazy butt is still alive but yet we kill an innocent black man? Another case to is the Stan "Tookie." Williams case, he was sentenced to death a couple of years back. There was lack of evidence to prove that he killed a man or linking him to the crime that was commited. There was reasonable doubt that he was innocent. It baffles me to the fullest that we kill the innocent and we let the guilty go free. I understand that the victiims family wants justice but killing an innocent man will just further complicate things... Troy Davis is an innocent man, but the law failed to see it... When this case gets re-opened and proves that Troy Davis is innocent I hope the Davis family sues the state of Georgia for a wrongful death suit, and get the other cops who had a big part of this. RIP TROY DAVIS..

    September 22, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • RD Schrecengost

      'Race card?' Racism is alive and well, and as we all well know, 'black Americans' are and never could be racist. We all know that white people are the racist ones; all of them. What a great coward's way of hiding from the truth.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix Theory

      This was no doubt a very sketchy case. The problem is that one can not compare it to Anthony. The Anthony case was highly public. She had lawyers that joined her team to help the lead council that was extremely seasoned. She also was given huge amounts of money to aid in her defense. We are talking about a case of a young girl, that was fasinating to the public because of a web of lies woven she had been living. It has nothing in comparision to the Anthony case. One can thus bring up OJ Simpson. A black man freed from a crime he most likely commited. the bloody glove theory is a joke. If anyone onws real leather gloves, and wants to try a test & ruin them, put them in water & make them wet without your hands in them. They will shrink.. But none of us make enough money or care to spend it on such a test. Same as throwing a few 20's on the street corner.

      I find it rather ironic, That the person who posted a reply on this claimed black perople are not racist. I know more black people that raise their children pounding into their head that racism exists & refer to others as "white" people, then I know of caucasions who do. It stays alive in existance to the general public, because the African American citizens can't let it go. Which is really wierd now. In 2011. Not because of the opportunities they have been given, finally got for themselves, but because none of them were slaves themselves. I do not cry over the horrors of my ancesters from another time. "White people were scalped by indians, burned alive because they thought they were fighting for their land....long before the settlers ever even thought of rounding them up into Indian territories. White low income people were born into slavery for generations and generations to many groups. Used as laborers to row ships, fill engines with coal, farm land. and so forth. The black people were not the only ones in history with a tale to tell. Only the ones who keep telling it oveer & over & over & over again.

      September 22, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix Theory

      I find it rather ironic, That the person who posted a reply on this claimed black perople are not racist. I know more black people that raise their children pounding into their head that racism exists & refer to others as "white" people, then I know of caucasions who do. It stays alive in existance to the general public, because the African American citizens can't let it go. Which is really wierd now. In 2011. Not because of the opportunities they have been given, finally got for themselves, but because none of them were slaves themselves. I do not cry over the horrors of my ancesters from another time. "White people were scalped by indians, burned alive because they thought they were fighting for their land....long before the settlers ever even thought of rounding them up into Indian territories. White low income people were born into slavery for generations and generations to many groups. Used as laborers to row ships, fill engines with coal, farm land. and so forth. The black people were not the only ones in history with a tale to tell. Only the ones who keep telling it oveer & over & over & over again. To be real honest with your self, look at the words in your post. You seriously can not believe what you wrote. I know too many people of African American roots, that absolutly whole heartably resent Caucasions. Let me tell you a little secret: None of us you do not like, or resent, or that you tell your children how racist we are against you......had a single hand in using one of your ansesters as a slave. We don't reap the benefits from it, we in fact have half a country...that fought against it. This country divided in half and became a bloody battle ground. All for the sake of those slaves once upon a time before OUR TIME. There are generations of famillies that became fatherless, sons lost, wives that died with no man to take care of them in towns that had no aid of welfare. Such things did not exist. Homes were lost, lands were destroyed. White people standing ground, and sacrificing their own lives, for the people of your descent. Why is there never ever, a mention of them? Have your generation in setting aside days of memorial ever once concidered a day for those who died....for your ancesters, so that you could eventualy have rights in later generations. No. There is no national holiday for them. Yet they existed. Men who were stabbed to death with baenettes, scared witless as they marched in fields. Died slow deaths of agony laying along side of a road. More white men in this country died in battle to help your nationality, then those of black decent that actually died themselves in slavery.. Is that part on any poster, or topic of dining room talk in your house? Doubtfull

      September 22, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chad

    Haha! Yeah much higher standard of living in Sweden. Beautiful women everywhere. Great economy. No corrupt politicians. Little crime. No barbaric death penalty. Yes. I am happy with my decision. I advise any sane americans that enjoy freedom and a great economy to come to Sweeden. It is heaven on earth compared to that peice of filth nation underneath Canada.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      I do hope you STAY in "Sweeeeden"...and OUT of my "filth nation underneath Canada". You'll find out
      soon enough that the Swedes don't like you either.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      You aren't in Sweden or you'd know that violent crime is on the increase.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Nikephoros

    We are a country ruled by laws that protect all of us. Sure, there are imperfections with the system but is way much bettter than anywhere else! Troy Davis deserved to die. Minutes before killing the cop, he attempted murder by shooting someone at the face! Then, he did the same to the cop.! Don't feel sorry for a killer.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Pilfer

      There is no evidence he ever had a gun. No gun was ever found. No murder weapon was ever found. No evidence ever existed that he ever had in his possession or fired a gun that night.

      Wintesses that identified him have recnted their testimony AND made it clear the police coecred and threatened them to implicate Davis.

      Sylvester Cole, the real killer, the one who first implicated Davis, and who actuallu DID have a .38 handgun in his possession the night of the murder AND was the one arguing with the homeless man when McPHail intervened was never investigated my the incompetent police department because he was a key witness against Davis.

      Sylvester Cole has since bragged publicly, avter the Davis conviction, that he was the one who killed MCPhail.

      However just opening an investigation of Cole would be admission by the State of Georgia that they might have made a mistake. Something they will never do.

      Google "Davis witnesses recant" and read their testimony. Ask yourself why these people, who do not know Davis, would recant and make accusations against the police DURING THE TRIAL, after the conviction, and for the last two decades.

      THere is no physical evidence Davis shot anyone that night.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Where is the evidence that Mr Cole had a gun? Why didn't Mr Davis tell the police that Mr Cole shot the police officer? Because Mr Davis had the gun.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Candid One

      Only tainted hearsay existed to implicate Troy Davis. There was no physical evidence to establish is his role in the shooting. This was a much shabbier case than many of those death row cases that have been overturned by DNA. Too many "certain beyond a reasonable doubt" convictions have been disproven in recent years by DNA. The lack of a DNA role in this case is unfortunate. His biased conviction was suspect and his death was tragic–more tragic as the death of Officer MacPhail because there are so many declared accomplices in this.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Justice was done and Save farris are gay lovers.

    Seriously, GTFO you loser trolls.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bart

      You obviously have emotional problems or still require a few more years of brain development or both. You can kindly show yourself out thank you very much.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bart

    Probably will never know for sure, but we are left with 2 possibilities, he was either an extreme psychopath and truly believed his own lies.. even in the face of death, or was innocent. I have never heard of a man not only continues to claim innocence till the point of execution but offer blessings and forgiveness to the men that had the job of carrying it out, I am beginning to believe the latter. What a shame.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Love513

    Wednesday night was a miscarriage of justice in Georgia. I feel for the victim's family but I really believe they executed the wrong guy. I know the family and. Courts want justice but that doesn't mean you convict someone just to have someone to blame and bring the famile closure. The bottom line here is that there was severe doubt surrounding this case and it was all ignored which is tragic. The Troy Davis case will always be a case of false justice. I'm a criminal justice major and I know there is tons of work that needs to be done because the system is jacked up. Later on when this case is looked at again the Georgia court system will have many regrets killing an innocent man. R.I.P to both Troy Davis and Officer MacPhail.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
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