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. Drivel

    They've had 22 years for reviews; it's over!

    September 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Yes... Georgia kept the fight to keep slaves for longer than most states. No doubt that they find it easy enough to hold on to a possibly innocent black man to execute him. Where else but in evil Georgia?

      September 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cwonder

    SUNNYSOUT NEEDS TO SHUT WHAT WE CALL....THE F.... UP !

    September 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jomm

    I do not know why this can not be done. It is like they just want to do this execution. This is scary.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Because polygraphs are not accurate? Why not just bring in a psychic too.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Executing a cop killer- very scary. Too bad they can't just shoot him in the face.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • seirradawn

      Listen he has been convicted of his crime ...and it has been years that they could have fought this ..he is gulity let him pay with his life for his crime ....

      September 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Typical Americans. Killing is in your blood. Justice for all is just one of your forgotten notions. What a rotten nation this has become. Shame on all of you

      September 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelly

      Why would they even consider letting a convicted killed take a poloygraph test the day of his execution. Should every guilty person have that right now? He has to pay for his crime.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOUTTIME

      @Roger
      and yet, you live here

      September 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • wormstooth

      He had 20 years to ask for a polygraph test. He's asking now because it's his last chance. If he were innocent he would have tried this years ago. Next he'll ask for a coin toss. I'm not a big fan of the death penalty, but some of you are naive beyond belief.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony K

      It is SCARY @ Jomm. But This is America, land of the TEA BAG REPUBLITARDS. They love BLOOD. No clue what they wanna draw BLOOD for but they LIVE FOR IT! So to them this is a time to dance and cheer as they legally cant get their shotguns out and randomly kill people so why not cheer on one they think they can do legally? SICK AND DISGUSTING!

      September 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jackblob

    The uproar to re-examen this case is, in my opinion, too much to ignore. If this man is found innocent after his execution, should the Georgia board of pardons and paroles be held accountable?

    September 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      I think we know the government's stance on accountability . . .

      September 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • I dont get it

      Tried for murder I would hope.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuperFreedom

      They should be charged with murder, and then sentenced to death.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ed in miami

    this country is now full of hatred, ignorance (the state of education is apalling)and sinking into poverty...just reading some of this comments may make you nauseous...wow! the low level...where did america go? un-recognizable...sad

    September 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • hang himnow

      I bet you would feel diffrent if that was your father he killed.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Ed, obviously your education is lacking as well. Learn to punctuate.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • chiming in

      Phil....get over it, we are not in school, punctuation is hardly the issue. It kills me to see people harp on irrelevant things when responding. It that the best you could contribute. *did not spell check and do not care*

      September 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • chiming in

      Ed, if it were my dad and there were doubts....I would still want the right thing to be done, punishing the right man for the crime and I certainly wouldn't be gung ho to stick a needle in an arm if there were questions, that wouldn't bring me any closure or peace. If there is a reasonable question, the man's sentence should be commuted to life at min. and a new trial should be considered.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rosemary

    Well said, Thor. This is just unbelievable!!!! Can't someone do something to stop this?????

    September 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • randy

      Only one person can stop it GOD himself but I dont see that its going to happen God will judge him if and when he gets in front of him but I dont see thats going to happen either hes going to burn in hell for what he did.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony K

      Careful Randy- "Judge not Lest ye be Judged".

      September 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. randy

    Now this guy wants a lie detector test why dint he get one years ago I will tell you why because now he has found a way to beat it after all these years hes more relaxed a lie detector doesnt mean anything they have the goods on him so now hes got to pay the price take it like a man you was a man when you shot two people to death.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • seirradawn

      absolutely ...its time for him to pay for the crime he committed....

      September 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. I dont get it

    What is the problem with simply letting him take the test? He fails they still get to execute. Someone is covering their butt on this one and afraid he might pass.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. perspective

    I have read the court transcripts on this case. Ms. Davis was convicted by a jury of his peers (7 were black, 5 were white) who heard all the evidence, including someone who recanted on the stand. The witnesses were cross-examined by the defense and still the jury chose to convict. After multiple appeals, a federal judge looked at "new" evidence that supposedly witnesses clamied another man shot the officer. BUT the defense was not willing to have tghese witnesses cross examined by the prosecution and did not make the other man (who them were accusing) trstify - making the witnessess recants heresay and therefore inadmisible. By the way, Mr. Davis was also convicted of a previous shooting earlier that night and all the witnessess who testified in the original trial were consistent in identifying Mr. Davis as the shooter. Mr. Davis also fleed the county and was on the run for 4 days before turning himself into police. This case has played itself out in the courts more than enough and the execution needs to move forward.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • randy

      Well said

      September 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Actually, the federal judge (Moore) explicitly REFUSED to look at the new evidence, or to give it any serious consideration. The reasons he did so are spelled out.

      Yes, the defense of this man was substandard. In fact, that the defense team in the original trial was incompetent was one of the reasons for some of the early appeals.

      The fact is that none of the subsequent courts in the appeals process ever ruled on the merits of the original case. Moore even turned the case on its head and not only refused to revisit the original case (the prosecution's case to prove guilt), but insisted that the defense present a NEW case (a defense case to prove innocence) and then ruled on the merits of THAT.

      Seriously, this is quite cr@ptastic. The courts have failed. There is nothing to feel good about if Davis dies under these circu.mstances, even if he is in fact guilty.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • seirradawn

      Absolutely .I second that ...

      September 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • neil

      Correlation does not imply causation. Your argument is fallacious. Not only that but it's not hearsay if the witnesses that lied filed affidavits with the state stating as much; it's bona fide.

      Federal cases have resulted in mistrial from this. See 552 F. 2d 46 – United States v. J Grasso for federal case law

      They are denying him the right to use new evidence (7 recantations) without even examining the evidence. This is illegal and against Georgia law. Cases have been reversed in Georgia on one recanting witness. 7 of them certainly grants the right of the defendant to have the new evidence be evaluated.

      He's not even getting that right. Certainly the laws of evidence need to be observed when a life is at stake.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bruce

    The prosecutor told CNN something to the effect that they have won every time in the actual courtroom, and lost every time in the court of public opinion. He says this as if to vindicate himself and to pat himself on the back.

    Does he not know that this is a fundamental admission of failure on his part when it comes to a death penalty case? Does he not realize he has an obligation, a public duty to not only get a conviction in a court of law (if the defendant is in fact guilty), but also to win his case in the court of public opinion, when a life is at stake?

    Does he not realize that it is not only the court of law and the state law enforcement agencies that execute a man, but the entire state of Georgia that flips the switch? This is a cold, hard fact of democracy–the blood will be on everybody's hands if you get this wrong, not just the hands of the state officials. This includes the supporters of Troy Davis. This includes the defense team, who failed to stop this from happening.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • neil

      I blame this on the police for coercing and threatening the witnesses into lying. You aren't allowed to do that in this country.

      I don't care if the victim has a badge or not. If you have a real case you don't need to do this. If you don't have a real case, maybe you got the wrong guy. They should declare a mistrial and do it again with the 2 witnesses that were not lying. "I just know he did it" isn't good enough in this country.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Neil, the defense team should have interviewed the witnesses more thoroughly, and should have been able to figure out what the police did to get them to testify against Davis. They already knew that the police would conduct a search for critical forensics evidence without a warrant, they should have known they would also bully these witnesses into fingering their client.

      The defense had a chance to put Dorothy Ferrell back on the stand and expose the fact, docu.mented in a written letter, no less, that she was trading her testimony against Davis for helping her to get out of jail–a letter she wrote from her jail cell. They didn't. They asked for a mistrial based on this and it was denied. But they didn't put her back on the stand to expose yet another problem with how this case was handled and how it was prosecuted.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bill.

    I quess his picking out his last meal. Its about time, 22 yrs is too long. We need to put a time period for all appeals. 2 yrs should be enough. We'll Troy, I think I will have eggs and bacon for breakfast tomorrow, how about you?

    September 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony K

      O Please don't eat your own kind, PIG!

      September 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn

      i dont think his going to be around for breakfast tomorrow

      September 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jessica Ramer

    There are numerous cases of innocent people being sentenced to death. DNA has exonerated approximately 80 people in the U.S. alone. Innocent people have also confessed, out of fear, exhaustion after long interrogations, or out of the belief that if they confess they will be spared the death penalty. DNA examiners make mistakes, too. Let the poor guy take a lie detector test.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      please name one person that has been put to death by capitol punishment that has been innocent..

      September 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony K

      @ Hmmmm Ok I will write RICK PERRY GOV OF TEXAS He has the list of 40.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      that's not a name, that's a sentence..

      September 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • chiming in

      TX put Cameron Todd Willingham to death and there were serious questions about his guilt. I don't know if the man was guilty or innocent, but it isn't a question that should linger after his last breath.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • chiming in

      There are a few others whose names escape me, and I am sure there are some that I am not aware of. I am a proponent of the DP, but not when there is any reasonable question.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      again, name one person that has been proven to be innocent after the death penalty..

      September 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • chiming in

      Now you are being ridiculous. The case dies with the inmate. No court is going to hold a new trial after an execution, this would be the only forum in which guilt or innocence could be formally ruled on. Beyond that, I don't think you will get many prosecutors or law enforcement officers that acknowledge that a conviction may have been in error, though I think they may have years later in the Willingham case. Don't debate if you are not going to be reasonable.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      the media is a powerful thing..
      right now, mr. davis lawyers realize that and have it working on their side.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      my request is completely reasonable.
      just because you can't comply to it does not make it unreasonable..

      September 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      by you suggesting 'Cameron Todd Willingham' as a response proves that you don't think my request is that unreasonable in the first place..

      September 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TriXen

    Okay... well then I request a stay of execution for the cop he murdered... oh wait a sec... it's too late for that, isn't it? When we figure out how to bring that officer back from the dead, I'll be all in favor of keeping this man alive.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • csonnyblk

      I just thing if we are going to be a Nation that executes murders, it should be across the board.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      The Christians say that they have a method of bringing back MacPhail from the dead. They call it resurrection.

      So can we not kill him now?

      September 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. csonnyblk

    I am a minority and I too loss someone to gun violence but I have forgive the person. Are we a country that doesnt forgive? How can we house murders in some states and execute in others? If there is a shodow of a doubt ...why proceed. Pure politics! The Prosecutors dont want egg on their face so another man will die ....and we will never know the truth.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      what does being a minority have anything to do with your opinion?

      September 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      what does you being a minority have anything to do with your opinion?

      September 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tired of al

    I wonder if Al Sharpton would be present if Troy Davis was white??? Sharpton only wants publicity and is the biggest racist there is.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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