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. physicallyFit

    I wonder how he did on his physical?

    September 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • heime

      He was advised to include more fiber in his diet.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • physicallyFit

      So I'm guessing they have to put him on a diet plan before they inject huh?

      September 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viva

      You guys are KILLING ME! ;-))

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

    If he confesses on the table and begs for his life – then still give him the juice.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. heime

    2 1/2 hours to juicing time!

    September 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viva

      Light him up! sadly he gets to go in a humane manner whereas his two victims within 24 hours were shot in their faces! this loser gets Adivan before he meets his maker!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CntrMass

    Correct me if I am wrong but did he not pistol whip and shoot another man in the face before ever coming into contact with the police officer? I for one will volunteer to put this POS out of our misery!

    September 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      The case against Davis regarding shooting Cooper and assaulting Young is weaker than the murder case.

      Cooper is 100% convinced that Davis was not the one who shot him. I'm surprised at how many people are 100% sure he did...

      September 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Well, This guy Sylvester Cole likely was responsible for all 3 incidents. He was seen arguing with the homeless man that was pistol whipped, He owned a 38 caliber pistol but said he gave it to a friend, but not Davis. t was never recovered, nor was the '38 that was used in the crimes that Davis was charged. And, I suppose worse, is that this Cole guy is the one that implicated Davis.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • RESIGN RICK PERRY

      SYLVESTER COLE did this most likely. Why was the investigation so flubbed? STELLAR POLICE WORK GEORGIA! (NOT) You all have Mr Davis Blood on your hands!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      It makes me wonder....in the case of the West Memphis Three of course there was DNA evidence, and the persons to whom that pointed were a local police informant with a history of abusing one of the murdered boys and his best buddy. So of course they were never considered suspect. Does anyone know if Cole had a similar relationship with the police there? It would explain why he got such a sweetheart deal....and why he feels free to brag on getting away with murder now.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Justice forAll

    Reading the comments from this site is exactly what I thought it would be. Racist individuals that sit behind the computer screen and type nonsense. The young boy in Jackson, Mississipi no more than two months ago was Caucassian he killed an African American man just because of his race. This was heinous crime, but I dont see all the comments about kill him. If the government goes forward with this execution it will set our country back 20years. There is reasonable doubt..so why not let him take the polygraph. There is a GOD and if u kill for fun or for your job he/she still will have to answer to him. So for everyone thats posting the hate comments "peace be with you" I will be sure to put you in my prayers.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tee

      "The young boy in Jackson, Mississipi no more than two months ago was Caucassian he killed an African American man just because of his race."_________________________________________________ Aren't you rushing to judgement? He hasn't even gone to trial yet. Seems like you're the racist.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • physicallyFit

      Oh I'm sorry mr/ms perfect, did you not see he is being charged with capital murder? (I am white) and I hope they hang him rather than life sentence as the victims family is requesting.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viva

      Hey Justice, is that the best you've got? You only have a "race card"? I'm a minority and I know that most of this clown's jury was composed of BLACK people. And yes, I wish they still had "Old Sparky" rather than a needle to take that person's genes OUT of the world's gene pool!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • "there is a god" lol

      Anyone that kills anyone else, should be killed, period. Color of their skin, religion, etc, shouldn't matter.
      Let's free up some jail space and reduce the tax burden on the rest of Americans by getting rid of the trash or broken individuals. There isn't any "god" except the one you make up in your little mind. Pray away, you're "praying" to yourself, not to any "god".

      September 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tee

      "did you not see he is being charged with capital murder? (I am white) and I hope they hang him"____________________________________________________ You can hope for innocent people to hang all you want but it won't save your cop killer here. Perhaps you can still write him a love letter via same day air.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Rare, Rational Human

      Justice forAll makes a good point, and he is immediately validated by those who replied to him. Those who replied quickly showed how little they know of the case.

      I do not need to inform you of all of the details, however this simply fact is enough to put to rest any argument which your feeble minds will attempt to compse: There is reasonable doubt. It is completely illogical to execute someone when there is any strand of reasonable doubt, let alone the mounting evidence of wrongful conviction in this case.

      Also, the death penalty in no way reduces crime. This has been proven time and time again.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • RME

      20 years? Really? Get a clue. His gun fired the bullets that killed the cop... the same gun he fired earlier in the evening. He has had 20 years more than the cop he killed... that is unacceptable!! The problem with this execution? It's coming about 10-15 years too late!!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      UMMMM! OK, kill the white kid too. Kill all murderers! Put that white kid on Troy Davis's lap, put them in the electric chair and flip the switch...just stop wasting our tax dollars defnding these people, all races, religions etc!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tee

      "There is reasonable doubt."___________________________________ 7 out of 12 black jury members said he is guilty and should die.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      As a 40 year old person, I would love to set us back 20 years! I was only 20 years old then...at the prime of my life. Of course, you would have to be a moron to say that setting this country back 20 years is a big problem, since not much has changed over the last 20 years..except me. I'm like afine wine...just getting better everyday!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjsmith

      There is no reasonable doubt this man killed a police officer. He has has many appeals. He even got the US Supreme Court to have a judge listen to his lawyers again last year and they could not provide any new evidence to support he did not kill the officer. What I think is sad is that his bloody shirt was at his mom's house where they did ballistic testing linking him to the gun. They could not use that in court as they said the police coerced the mom.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old West

      The death penalty is kind of old fashioned. How many people have been released from prison for mistakes. Are you all for killing people under the assumption that he "probably did it"? We are in a country that cherry picks our values. Are any of you HONESTLY willing to push the button to kill this man? Don't just fire off hate rants and yes'... think about it. How well do you think you would sleep tonight after knowing that you put a man to death that may not have been the right man? Pretend you aren't on the internet and have a human thought for a second before you reply. For all your hate about this man, possibly killing a man, are you willing to do the same to him? Leave the Bible out of it, we, as a country, only choose the stuff that works with what we want.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeltzin

      No doubt the killer thinks theere might be a slim chance he could beat a polygraph, but despite such wishful thinking such a diversion would keep him above ground a while longer and then have folks like you ranting ' If they are so sure he is guilty – why did they allow a polygraph test?" You know it's true. Racist blks hate other ethnicities but more especially when they are cops. ethnic loyalty trumps integrity and justice among primitive minds.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      If the white kid is still alive in 20 years claiming his innocence, than you have a complaint. Not now. Racist.

      If the white kid is found guilty, run him over with a pickup for his execution the same day his verdict is read. I am white and have no problem with that.

      September 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Viva

    Hey PhysicallyFit! GREAT post!

    September 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • physicallyFit

      Thanks!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tee

      Viva is aka Physicallyfit. Nice pat you gave yourself on the back.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viva

      Sorry Tee, I'm just now figuring out how this whole forum thing works. I have no idea who PhysicallyFit is, but it WAS a GREAT post!

      September 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Confused

    So this was a case with no, zero, none as far as physical evidence, with another man present who testified against Davis in order to walk free and brag about being the shooter today and most of the other witnesses have recanted their testimony....but there's no doubt?

    This is why I can't stand the death penalty.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tee

      7 black jury members said he was guilty and should be executed.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Todd

    Why deny a polygraph test? Is Georgia afraid it will prove them wrong and need to pay $50K for each year of his incarceration?

    September 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEx

      Polygraph's are *easily* manipulated if the person receiving it has been hoping/practicing for one for awhile.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjsmith

      Why ask for a polygraph test on the last day of his worthless life? Shouldnt they have done a polygraph during his original trial? Why not last year when the defense lawyers re-presented to a judge? Sorry, too little too late. No reasonable doubt, the man killed a police officer.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      I have no problem with giving him the polygraph test..let's just let it be done with his maker!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KillTheCopKiller

    No this cop killer and people like him, along with those that enable him, like you are what is wong with our country.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • RESIGN RICK PERRY

      No you and the GOP TEA PARTIERS AND RICK PERRY SET CALLING FOR BLOOD every five seconds of innocents including the uninsured is WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA! Grow a heart and conscience Sociopaths!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dman

    Any chance OJ could be there as well?

    September 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viva

      Dman, while I believe in our jury system, if you get OJ there, I'll juice him myself! And while we are executing by "forums" here, you can hold Casey Anthony down and I'll stick the needle in her as well 🙂

      September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LIz

    MacPhail's family, in particular his widow – Joan MacPhail-Harris – has been a driving force behind this man's execution. She has repeatedly said that "He has had ample time to prove his innocence," and that "he is not innocent." She may be dead wrong in both assumptions. What will she do if he is in fact innocent? How will she stand in front of his family? What would she do if she had a son in this position? Wouldn't she like to have a stay as well? She needs courage, but one of a different calibre.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • RESIGN RICK PERRY

      The Widow NEEDS JESUS if this is her stance, how can they profess to follow a Disciple of forgiveness when filled with SOOOO Much hate and Vitrol? I pray she finds peace but killing a maybe innocent man WILL NOT provide closure. Probably add to her pain in the long run. IMO investigating Coles was the key, system failed again. EPICLY!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjsmith

      The entire McPhail family is the victim here people. They have not had peace in 20 years because we the taxpayers allow for many appeals before being put to death. He could not prove his innocence in any appeals. The defense has shown no new evidence. He is a worthless piece of trash that should have been executed many years ago. Sorry but last year when the US Supreme court stated that another judge will listen to new testimony on why he is innocent, the defense could not prove his innocence. He was found guilty of capital murder among his peers. People state this guy has not had enough time to prove his innocence. HOw many more years must he need to prove his innocence? And this idea of asking for a polygraph on the last day of his life, is the last straw. Why didnt they ask this a year or even 10 years ago? Witness recanting their statment? After 20 years their memory has faded. Now those people should stand trial for perjury. This guy is guilty of capital murder. Our justice system worked in this case. There is NO reasonable doubt and if so, then his defense team should have done a better job.
      Let the MacPhail family have their peace. They are the victim, not this worthless lowlife.

      September 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. questionable

    I have not had the opportunity to follow everything that has been going on in this case. For one I am not much older then the 20 years that this problem had been going on, but I will say that with the information I have learned from reading and hearing debates and comments, and facts through the news. The one major issue with this that bothers me is the reasonable doubt.
    My understanding on law, especially when centered on a MURDER case is that a person can not be convicted WITH Reasonable Doubt. If that law is supposed to stand, and be the basis of justice and the likes then why is it that he can be more or less "put down" with that same doubt.
    Yes this has become a more publicized case due to the nationalities and southern state at hand, but when you have people saying that they were persuaded to convict this person due to their own judgement/ lack there of, or fear from the police, or retaliation from any source for that matter is a problem.
    The fact that it has taken this long for people to come clean on their choices is a shame.
    And dont think that fear, money, or personal issues would not keep someone from holding their tongue for their whole life, let alone 20 years.
    Racism was alive 20 years ago, and is still thriving well in 2011.
    Its easy even in this day in time to say a black man/woman did it, and leave it at that ESPECIALLY in the south, for reasons that should be obvious, and for the "Justice" to recant would be amazing to say the least.

    Why would they stay his death and then bring it back up? why would they save him once and just let him live his life out where he as been for 20 years? We arent talking about letting this man go, we are talking about letting him live.
    I am certain that hes not having a picnic being in jail, so please dont convince your self that if hes allowed to live its going to be a day at the park.

    I cant be the judge on wether hes guilty or not for any or all of the crimes that we are told he committed, but i stand that NO one black, white, green, purple, blue should have the opportunity live taken away from there is there is ANY reasonable doubt.

    – And so what, they are harping on the fact that hes black and people from all over the world are standing behind Him, they should, and it should be known what kinds of injustices happen, especially of people of color, or minority ESPECIALLY in the SOUTH. Let people speak out on whats wrong.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjsmith

      Sorry but he had many appeals over the last 20 years. The US Supreme Court appointed a judge to review last year. The defense could not prove he did not do it. There is no reasonable doubt that he killed the MacPhail cop. He was convicted by a jury of his peers. 7 out of the 12 were black.

      September 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired of Idiots

      @ MJSMITH- You can read ALL the comments right? If not PLEASE READ:" Bruce:

      The case against Davis regarding shooting Cooper and assaulting Young is weaker than the murder case.

      Cooper is 100% convinced that Davis was not the one who shot him. I'm surprised at how many people are 100% sure he did..."
      ANOTHER COMMENT: "steve-

      Well, This guy Sylvester Cole likely was responsible for all 3 incidents. He was seen arguing with the homeless man that was pistol whipped, He owned a 38 caliber pistol but said he gave it to a friend, but not Davis. t was never recovered, nor was the '38 that was used in the crimes that Davis was charged. And, I suppose worse, is that this Cole guy is the one that implicated Davis."
      Therefore it is glaring the need to NOT execute this man.

      September 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KillTheCopKiller

    Kill them all – let God sort it out.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Africa

      Burn ih hell you @##$&$4. FREE TROY DAVIS, GOD LOVES TROY

      September 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      If god truely loves troy, then thankfully he will find out for sure tonight! Free troy davis's..... arm, so the needle goes in nice and easy....

      September 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • RESIGN RICK PERRY

      For people cheering this stuff on...you won't be cheering when it's you in the electric chair or family member. If this execution is allowed it means the courts are NOT JUST and NO ONE gets a fair trial and can be murdered at any time a court sees fit with NO EVIDENCE! Is that what you haters are cheering on???? Just wait....

      September 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viva

      Awwwwww Africa, if you don't like how we play ball here, go home to Africa and when you see for yourself the absolute disrespect they have for one another as they leave dead bodies on the side of the road, then you might think twice about this great country and appreciate the fact that WE have a judicial system here!

      September 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjsmith

      @resignrickperry – it is not the courts fault. there is justice. He was found guilty by a jury of his peers 7 of which were black. The prosecution proved their case to the jury. The jury decided his fate. The defense NEVER proved his innocence in 20 years...

      September 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired of Idiots

      Of course No one found him innocent in 20yrs @MJSMITH- because he never got another trial with the witnesses who recanted nor was allowed to be heard infront of the Supreme Court! Are you stupid? What part of this story aren't you hearing since you keep posting? READ!

      September 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      I understand that you believe that anyone can be arrested, found guilty and put to death. Even if they aren't guilty, but I do not believe that, at anytime, the cops will show up at my house, without any reason, to arrest me. I would never put myself in a situation that would ever cause this. And if this davis guy didn't ,he wouldn't be where he is at. He lead a life that allowed this, no matter what he is at fault.

      September 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fed Up

    Guilty or innocent? No one knows but Mr. Davis and God! What's more shameful to me is the stupidty of some of the people posting comments in this site. RACISM is alive and well in this country. ALWAYS has been, and ALWAYS will be. If Mr. Davis is put to death tonight, will that really bring closure to the family who lost their loved one? Will it take away the pain they have felt for the last twenty years? Will it bring their loved one back? NO! My heart goes out to both families because they have both suffered loss. I pray that the God of all comfort, will be with them and continue to help both families as they deal with their losses!

    September 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      FedUp....Let me get this straight , If I believe this man did it and should die, that makes me racist? How? Do you even know my race? What if I am black? Then what would I be?

      September 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fed Up

      @Bman, when I referred to racisim being alive and well, I was referring to the racist comments that were posted in relation to this article. Whether the person on death row is black or white, latin or asian, doesn't matter to me, I still oppose the death penalty!

      September 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mawmaw59

    What would it hurt to stay the execution long enough to do a polygraph? Would it not be better to wait a week to execute an guilty man, than to execute an innocent man tonight? Race should not play a part in this. The facts are the facts. But if 7 of 9 people say they lied to convict him, then we should stop and make sure we are executing the right man.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      Race was not a factor in this. The facts were the only factor. He killed a cop, was found guilty a million times, even in all of his costly appeals and now must atone for his sins. If he didn't do it, then his maker will make it right.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      ....and oh, 2 out of 9 did not say they lied! Enough for me!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
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