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. hawken

    the problem is that we have a broken legal system. He maybe guilty, but there are to many people on death row who are not guilty and are there because of bias's or faulty evidence.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marshall Hagy

    Tonight the state of Georgia is going to murder a man. This is an inescapable fact. The evidence convicting him a questionable at best, yet to avoid the stigma of being seen as soft on crime, all the elected officials concerned will let this
    travesty of justice go on, for their political gain. We are just as barbarous as and third world country, and we have no excuse.

    Marshall Hagy
    Chicago

    September 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sonya

    So everyone knows that he wasn't the only person there that night the officer was killed right? Where is that guy at that was with him? No physical evidence, no DNA, 7 of 9 "witnesses" have recanted....are you serious right now? Whether he did it or not isn't the question, it's whether there is sufficient evidence to support a death by injection tonight...which there isn't! This country is doomed smh

    September 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      "No physical evidence" is a lie. "7 of 9 witnesses recanted" is intentionally misleading. DNA is not required or a full-proof method of determining guilt or innocence.

      Seriously, you think you can accurately judge a case from CNN articles while the SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES are a bunch of doofuses incapable of reading a case and making an un-biased decision?!

      Who the hell are you Ms. Godess of the Courts Supreme Highness?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonya

      First off BIll, how about you calm the hell down! Secondly, who are you? I'm not getting my facts from this CNN article, so how about you do yourself a favor and go educate yourself before you come to me with that nonsense.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      What non-sense? Expert witness testified the bullet probably came from the same gun. Shell casings found at both the party and the murder match. Harriet Murray, present at the murder has not recanted.

      So, where did you get your information? Wikipedia?

      Where did you get information unavailable to SCOTUS? Where did you get your law degree? Where did you get your experience in examining death penalty cases? Where did your experience interviewing witnesses?

      What makes you more qualified than every experienced judge, and the 12 jurors, and the parole board, that have all examined the case first hand?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catherine

      I agree with Sonya......are you aware of how many people have been freed from death row because of dna and other evidence? FREED not moved somewhere else with in the system, FREED. It is about who we are as a society not climbing into the gutter with them. The death penalty has never been a deterent, never will be.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Hey Bill, you DO realize, do you not, that it was SCOTUS that ordered a reconsideration of the Davis case? Had they not done so, Davis would have been dead a couple years back.

      Seriously, dude. Stop using the appeals process and pretending it supports the guilty verdict. Judge Moore did NOT affirm the merits of the original case. The federal court dismissed the case and explicitly DID NOT RULE on its merits.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catherine

      How do you reconcile putting an inocent man to death, any innocent man. If this is so lock tight why is the FBI and other high profile Americans speaking up, putting their reputations on the line?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonya

      Bill while you're over there questioning my knowledge, where are you basing your information from? Stop watching the tv shows and really pay attention to what is going on with our judicial system! Not that you would care

      September 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleopatra

      Sonya that made me smile...
      Bill.. you used PROBABLy.. in your statement, and PRobably is a shadow of doubt..
      AND there are lots of us in the United States that are educated.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • RCBinTN

      Time for popsicles for both of you!!

      September 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      SCOTUS ordered a re-examination of the evidence. They did that. The courts found the evidence was sufficient. That includes the 7 recantations. That includes the "no physical evidence" claim, which is a lie. Shell casings are physical objects, as are bullets. They are picked up at the scene and used to connect the dots. Davis was at the party, not Cole. Davis was fingered as the shooter at the party, not Cole. PHYSICAL evidence collected connects the two shootings: bullets & casings. Harriet Murray ID'd Davis as the shooter of the cop. Un-recanted witness testimony places only Davis at both shootings.

      Yes, I'm aware of DNA evidence and the people it has freed. I'm also aware of the DNA's false "deification" in the eyes of the public. The absence of DNA evidence does not exonerate him.

      I also have a general faith in the courts, because they are not run by 1 person, but by many people, to make the correct decision the majority of the time.

      I'm also aware that neither Sonia nor anybody else will provide any kind of insight that was not copy/pastable from CNN articles, which are just quotes from people that are emotionally connected to Davis.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonya

      Clearly you are incompetent so I will leave you alone! Seeing that my name is also shown on the screen, learn to spell! Good day, and I hope that you nor anyone close to you is ever in a situation where they are fighting for their lives.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catherine

      In the aftermath of a horrific crime it has been PROVEN even studied that eye witnesses will differ in their description of suspects and the events as they unfolded. I accept this becuase these can be remedied.......an execution cannot.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I am basing my information on my knowledge of the court system in general and history. History shows that the courts make the right decision MOST of the time. I am basing my information on my proven ability to read and think critically. All the quotes in these articles were practically copy/pasted to your post.

      "No physical evidence". What do you call shell casings and bullets? Magic fairy imagination dust? "No physical evidence" is an emotional statement from a Davis supporter that has no basis in fact. Dispute that.

      "7 of 9 witness recanted". So? 7 liars admitted they lied, whatever the reason (I don't doubt police coercion). 2 witnesses, 1 of which was present at the McPhail shooting, still finger Davis. Davis own words put him at the scene. You're putting more credit in the 7 recantations than the 2 people that have maintained their stories, including the person that was present at the time Davis shot McPhail.

      DNA evidence is not the end-all be-all of evidence. It is one piece that can help when it is available. So there is no DNA evidence, how could there be? Davis didn't punch/kick/strike/lick McPhail. He didn't break into his house or have some prolonged encounter with him.

      I'm basing my conclusions on the evidence in the case and my trust in the judicial system.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      shell casings and bullets are not physical evidence. You got that directly from the case files I'm sure.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe in Colorado

    Iran can free the hikers, but we won't stop a killing.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • justsayno02

      that's a great comparison! But I don't remember the hiker's taking someone else's life?!?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleopatra

      I was wondering that too, where's our President?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Democrat Pride

      Cleopatra: On vacation?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      While the President certainly lacks direct authority to order a stay or to grant clemency or a pardon, he does have some powers he could use to yield some results. That is a good question–what is the President doing about this, if anything?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catherine

      When was the last time any sitting President intervened and halted an execution? Does anyone know?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Erika

    In a few hours he will be alright. Nothing will touch him anymore. We all will die some day. Sometimes going sooner is better than later. Damn him if he is guilty, and god bless if he is innocent.

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

      I am sure you will use those same words when the next time someone close to you dies..

      September 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tha Chikin

    I am a supporter of the death penalty... HOWEVER, if this man is innocent or there is not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt he is guilty; he should NOT be put to death.

    We have witnesses in this case that are changing their story. That means that each one of them is lying. That right there should be enough to give this man a new trial or his sentence commuted until this can be straightened out.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      I agree with you. it's harder to find a more ardent supporter of the DP than me but this case stinks. If he also is found innocent it gives the anti=dp'ers more ammo for their argument

      September 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tha Chikin

      Exactly!!

      September 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cleopatra

    I would hate to be in this potion if it was me or someone i knew and they were not guilty of murder and the court system was pushing it through, when there are tons of people saying give atleast life in prison, or a new trial. AND I think it should be a trial held in an upper state.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Democrats in 2012!

      What position is that, exactly?

      Northern state? Too many junkies and cousins on the corner trying to hold their pants up. No time for jury duty.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Georgina

    After having watched the Casey Anthony trial, I am convinced that juries consist of chosen idiots.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Feast of Beast

      You are correct.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jones

      You must've been watching through the glass eye in your goat's ass.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bruce

    What I don't understand is why people are so forgiving of the police investigation in this case.

    People complain that the "libs" got forensic evidence thrown out on a "technicality," yet the fact is that this "evidence" was (allegedly) collected in a search without a warrant.

    I mean, think about it. If you are a police officer, and one of your own just died the night before, and you are trying to find the murderer, why on earth would you execute a search for forensic evidence in a MURDER INVESTIGATION without bothering to get a warrant? Are you f'ing kidding me?

    At best, it was a rookie mistake. At worst, I would question whether the police might have planted the "evidence" on the shorts. If they can execute a search without a warrant in a murder investigation, that proves they are capable of just about anything...

    Also, if it came to pass that Davis was actually guilty of murder, and the botched warrant-less search negated THE critical piece of information that would have convicted him on something other than "eyewitness" testimony which included a ton of hearsay evidence that should have never been allowed by the judge and the defense team, then it is the FAULT OF THE POLICE that Davis doesn't get convicted and that justice is not done.

    The police and the prosecutors need to be held to account for their actions.

    The worst thing about this is that Troy Davis will be executed tonight for a crime committed by Sylvester Coles, and people will pat themselves on the back and assure themselves that "justice" has been served.

    I wonder if an anti-lynch mob, a true irony in the south, will form tonight and riot after Troy dies...

    September 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonya

      FINALLY!!! someone with common sense!!! it's too bad that everyone else fails to realize this...

      September 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      The shorts were thrown out. The shell casings were found at the scene. Harriet Murray still says Davis did it. How is her credibility hurt by other liars admitting they lied?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Harriet Murray contradicted her original testimony. Murray's later testimony implicates Coles and not Davis.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pia

    I think that Troy Davis should not be executed, the evidence that police had was wrong the person that actually shot Mr McPhail went to the police and said that Mr Davis shot him. Besides the fact that several witnesses have changed their testmony beacuse they were being intiminadated by the police. this goes to show how racist the Georgia Police department is. When you can let a child killer walk free but a black man will be convicted to die for a murder that he didn't commit. Thats the good old American Justice system at work.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel S.

    The Defense In This Case Has Had 22 Years To Fabricate "New Evidence" of This Man's Innocence. The Time For A Polygraph is Before Trail, He Was Convicted And It Has Been Upheld Time After Time After Time. He Was Convicted By A Jury Of His Peers In A Court Of Law. Public Opinion Really Does NOT Matter In This Case. He Had Absolutely Every Chance During His Trial To Present Witnesses and Testimoney on His behalf. 22 Years Later????? We Should Be Like Iraq, If Your Convicted Of Murdering ANYONE, You Are Executed In 30-Day's. This Is Bologna. No Black Man Is Ever Guilty Of ANYTHING, Even If They're Caught Red Handed, They Will Swear They Are Innocent And That You Made It Up. Of Course His Mother's Thinks He Didn't Do It. That's Her Job As A Mother, To Protect Her Son. What Type Of Compassion Was Shown To The COP He Killed??? NONE! This Sentence Should Have Been Carried Out 20 Years Ago. Give This Public Servants Family Some Closure. Enough Is Enough.....

    September 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dee Dee

    This has everything to do with races. He is a black man accused of killing a white cop. What about all the white cops that killed black men and got off with no jail time? The punishment for African-Americans are far worst than they are for any other race. I'm not saying that the man is guilty or innocent. I'm saying lets do a proper investigation. Find out why the eye witnesses are recanting their statements. Investigate the crime that happened after Troy was arrested that had the same motive, and the same shell cases found on the seen. Remember killing one person will not help bring back the one who is already dead.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrisg

    If there is ANY DOUBT WHATSOEVER, you do NOT EXECUTE. What is GOD's name is wrong with these people!!

    September 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • I am God

      Stop using my name without permission. Also, there is nothing wrong with those people, only you.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. soldier

    to all the people against the death penalty what is your solution? i mean its been proven rehab doesn't work, if anything jail makes people more hardened criminals. Are we really suppose to let them sit in jail while we pay for them to do nothing. The guy has been in jail forever if hasn't been to prove is innocence by now maybe just maybe he's not

    September 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Playing politics with a man's life is no way to resolve death penalty issues. This is not about the death penalty. It's about a man's life and a case more riddled with holes in it than a pound of swiss cheese.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      "Maybe, just maybe"??? Are you kidding? More to the point: Are you willing to take another's life because "maybe, just maybe" he's guilty? Our laws say that there has to be no doubt. You should know that even if you don't know the law.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexanforPerry

      Kill 'em all.........let God sort 'em out.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • soldier

      did you see my name its soldier that's what i am thankfully I've never had to take another life but if i had to yes i would as for knowing or not knowing the law, i do know that a bunch people found that he was guilty how many chances would you give him? probably until he's free

      September 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      For those who are in favor of the death penalty, is it more important to kill Troy Davis tonight for a murder committed by Sylvester Coles just so we can pretend that the death penalty gives us "justice served," or perhaps could it be prudent to dot the i's and cross the t's for a few more months/years to make sure it wasn't Coles that pulled the trigger?

      September 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Life Long Democrat

    Fry him like a frito!

    September 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexanforPerry

      I'm with you Dem.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
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