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. Hope

    This is not right... may God forgive those justices. Race is still an issue in this country whether we want to admit it or not. May Troy finally get some peace wherever he may be.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jaclyn

    I have officially lost all faith in the U.S. justice system.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jordank

      What took you so long? Now you can live like everybody else and at least know you're getting bent over.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Laura JT

    Wasn't there a bible story about this? Or was that just the "Green Mile"? What barbarians we have become.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jaxman

    good riddance. Coward.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • thomas balzac

      How does this eye-for-an-eye "justice" make us any different than the Pashtun Tribe (e.g., "Taliban") code of law, centered around vengeance, which they call "badal" and teach from birth?

      September 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jlo2272

      Agree whole heartedly.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jlo2272

      With the good riddance if there was any confusion.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jera

      Your ignorance will be your undoing.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom Savoy

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court cannot abide by it's conscience or the will of the American People, it is time for the current justices to step down to make room for lawmakers who have not forgotten the definition of the word "justice".

    September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • powx


      September 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I agree

      September 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaxman

      What are you talking about, idiot? Should we have an 800 number for everyone to call for murder cases? Tool.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Is sad to know that in out country the word "JUSTICE" what really means is "INJUSTICE"

      September 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      it's sad that this happened but perfect justice will always be lacking in the world. hopefully, one day people will come to their senses.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    This was a consequence of HIS ACTIONS. I realize that society today does not want to take responsibility for it's actions, but would rather blame TV, religion, race, the president etc for the wrong things they do. But the fact is, if you take a life in cold blood, you have no value to society and should be eliminated. That is true justice.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Masako

      The point is, he DIDN'T commit murder. Innocent until proven guilty, and this case is spotlighted because of it's disgusting lack of evidence. Seven out of nine "witnesses" either recanted or contradicted their stories. Troy Davis should NEVER have been convicted on such flimsy "evidence".

      September 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jera

      I wonder, do you choose to only see what you want to see?
      Do the finer details of your life escape you in favor of a gilded paradise?
      A world where you are always correct and everything is as you choose?

      I wonder.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I can almost smell the burning flesh of this cop killer as he fries in hell.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Kennedy

      That would be a valid statement, however it is the stance of his followers that he was indeed innocent of said crime. Therefore, he died an innocent man, murdered by the state.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I think you are wrong.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jera

      Curious, that one who admittedly delights in the death of others, thinks himself better than a man likely innocent.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Why?????

      ‎Over 10 Years ago my dear friend was murdered by a Cobb county cop and kept his body from his family for months. Still Still STILL STILL STILL there is no justice. what if it was father? what if it was brother? WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR SON?

      September 21, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David

    I only hope that his death an bring a stop to this barbaric practice. I live in Illinois where as much as I dont like the governor patt Quinn. I admire him for being so brave and ending the death penalty here

    September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • powx

      Well said.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • I SAID SO


      September 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. r

    you all need to read the whole story about this. It is quite possible Georgia just murdered a black man tonight. yes. I heard Georgia is a very predjudice place against black people. I knew plenty of white people telll me Georgia is very very predjudice. Some of the witnesses said they felt coerced by the police and pressured to say he was the gunman.

    what was the rush to murder.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas#1

      Rush to murder? Are you kidding me? It's been 20 years. This dog would have been put down years ago in Texas and we wouldn't have heard anything about it in the news.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TheSkyMan

    The overwhelming ignorance in this forum is a sad and pathetic testament to the state of our nation!

    September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • L. Bovine

      Absolutely! Exactly! Just what I was going to say!!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. God bless you, Troy

    Guilty or not, the entire world was watching intensely as one man was taken to his death. We have focused on one person, because his story was cast all over the news. However, we must remember that there are thousands in this world suffering and dying daily from lack of clean water, food, and medicine. While it is heart breaking that Troy has been executed, we must remember the many other innocent men and women who need our help. So many people in this world need your voice to survive.

    One person approaching their death, no matter his story, is important.

    Prayers for Troy and his family in this hard time.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaxman

      Yeah but not for the cop's family, right? You disgust me.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jahayra

    It is sad that I have to witness a possibly innocent man get put to death for killing a white cop and yet how many cops have killed innocent people and get off. Studies show that if a African American kills a white person they are more likey to be sentence to death but if a white person kills a African American they live. I am ashamed to be studying this countries criminal justice system where race and the color of an individuals skin still can make one less imporant.For those that are forgeting that human being was murdered today I hope you can sleep at night knowing what a disgrace to the human race you truly are. RIP Troy Davis.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jera

    I wonder how much rejoicing would occur, if this were a white man.
    Would he still be called a dog? An Animal?
    Would these paladins of justice still praise the ones who ended his life?

    Or would they be the ones crying out in outrage? Questioning the decision?

    I wonder.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrhapiguy

      Go check in Texas. They just executed a skinhead who murdered a black man. At least we are equal opportunity with our state sponsored murders.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle Shira

      Yes, Jera. I'm am also happy that Texas executed the white POS that dragged an innocent black guy to his death 13 yrs. ago. Race doesn't matter. The fact is both of these "men" deserved to be eliminated from society.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nobama

      A white man was executed in Texas today for killing a black man in a hate crime. I rejoiced during that also. I rejoice when a cold-blooded killer gets what they deserve. Troy got what he deserves as well. Where was all this pity when those put to death in the prison system were out killing others?

      September 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jamus, Adelaide, South Australia

    I feel so sorry for your nation.

    Not content with allowing relatively easy supply to guns with which to kill each other, or to attack other nations on a premise based on a lie resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths (Iraq), that that is not enough for you. You even execute your own (on what appears in this case to be flimsy, inaccurate and/or false evidence) whilst condemning other nations such as China for doing likewise.

    Not only are you hypocrites, you seem to be a nation which thrives on some sort of bloodlust.

    Murder is murder whether it is "illegal" or state sanctioned. As a nation of so-called Christians, how do you reconcile/justify this with your faith? Does your God not say "Thou shalt not kill?"

    I just don't understand you people.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Very well said, unfortunately this country has states that are too barbaric

      September 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • L. Bovine

      As an expat American who lived in Australia for many years, my eyes have been truly opened to the sad state of my home country (which I love.) Your comment is eloquent and truthful. And I agree and am just as confused and disturbed as you. Peace.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeBee

      Well put. "Home of the free and land of the brave" – yeah, right – look at the company you keep in killing your own citizens: China, Iran.......

      September 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura I

      Jamus, I was born in America and so am "American" but I have never felt patriotic. I am a citizen of this world first, and of course can only speak for myself. I hear you- I understand where you're coming from. I see the horrors that occur when our political officials push their agendas- and I believe that what lies under it all is a thirst for power and money. Well power and money do not 'buy' or insure a high score. America- it's government- can be self righteous, a bully, hypocritical and sad. So can many other govts and regimes. I am sickened by the execution of Troy Davis. I am sickened by the death penalty. NO ONE, in my opinion, has the right to condemn another to death. Guised as justice, retribution, civilized, 'necessary', etc, it's still KILLING. And no one can play that role. Killing in a planned, organized way is still killing. Period. And it's no different than what has supposedly been perpetrated by the criminal. I hear your passion and I too question, 'what is wrong with you people', but please remember that there were so many people, race not withstanding, who didn't want this to happen. We prayed and supported and protested and the entire nation was divided. There are good, kind and humane people in this country just like in other parts of the world and America is not the only nation perpetrating horrors. Thank you for your post- your passionate response prompted me to reply and I have never posted on a public forum before. We should all be focusing on what we'd like the world to be, rather than what we wish it wasn't. I have found myself putting this country down and lately I've been thinking that it would serve me better to put my energy into what's right. That will help the world.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamus, Adelaide, South Australia


      Thank you Laura I for your kind words.

      Your words brought tears to my eyes because somehow I inspired you to come out and let your voice be heard.

      Hopefully together, we can bring tears to the eyes of many others and inspire them to do the same and help put an end to this insanity.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Laura I

      And thank YOU Jamus, for your heartfelt response. It's so uplifting to find others who support rising above the lower emotions in which we can all find ourselves. I feel that we can, as a global community, raise our consciousness and evolve rather than stay stuck in our defenses and pain. There is so much fall out today over what happened to Mr. Davis. I'd like to think his soul CAN rest because he was a kind of sacrificial lamb- and if there's anything positive that comes from his death, it might be these very conversations and a desire to stop perpetrating these horrors. Thanks for your words and intention.

      September 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    Black people don't really care whether he was guilty or innocent. They just want to see him get away with it because of their hatred for whites. I wish I could have seen his death

    September 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moonhead

      You are a sick racist. Shame on you.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Kennedy

      that is a statement fueled by hate...

      September 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynn

      First off Sam understand one thing, all blacks do not hate all whites; there are some who don't particularly care for whites but that's their ignorance. It doesn't matter about skin color and the sooner people realize that crap the better off this world will be PEOPLE LIKE YOU. its ignorance like yours that keeps racial tension going and its ridiculous. I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WHO PROUDLY HAS FRIENDS OF EVERY RACE ESPECIALLY WHITES and that's because the color of someone skin doesn't make them, but your ignorance blinds you so much you think the way you do. we all bleed the same color and we have differences in our persons but NOT ALL BLACKS ARE RACIST AND HATE WHITES!!! get over yourself...if you were in this situation you would want to prove your innocence as well especially if things in the case changed. THINK ABOUT IT AND STOP BEING IGNORANT AND BLIND.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Sam you are an idiot,and racist.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joxy

    so much for the rule of law and probable doubt, have at it, let fly

    September 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
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