Troy Davis put to death
September 21st, 2011
11:50 PM ET

Troy Davis put to death

Georgia inmate Troy Davis was executed Wednesday night for the 1989 murder of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty Savannah police officer.

Davis died at 11:08 p.m. ET, according to a prison official. The execution was about four hours later than initially scheduled, because prison officials waited for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Davis' request for a stay.

After 10 p.m. ET, the Supreme Court, in a brief order, rejected Davis' request. His supporters had sought to prevent the execution, saying seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony.

Below are the developments as they happened. Read the full story here.

[Updated at 11:50 p.m.] Jon Lewis of WSB radio, one of the execution witnesses, gave this account of the minutes before Davis' death:

After the warden read the execution order and asked whether Davis had anything to say, Davis - strapped to a gurney - lifted his head up and looked at the witness area's first row, which was where MacPhail's relatives and friends sat.

“(Davis) made a statement in which he said ... 'Despite the situation you're in, (I) was not the one who did it.' He said he was not personally responsible for what happened that night, that he did not have a gun. He said to the family that he was sorry for their loss, but also said that he did not take their son, father, brother.

"He said to them to dig deeper into this case, to find out the truth. He asked his family and friends to keep praying, to keep working, to keep the faith. And then he said to the prison staff, the ones he said 'are going to take my life,' ... ‘May God have mercy on your souls,’ and his last words to them (were), 'May God bless your souls.'"

Another witness, reporter Rhonda Cook of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, also gave quotes from Davis. According to her, Davis said: "The incident that night was not my fault. I did not have gun."

"And that’s when he told his friends to continue the fight and 'look deeper into this case so you can really find the truth,'" Cook said.

Davis also said, according to Cook: "For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on your souls, may God bless your souls."

Davis said to the MacPhail family, according to Cook: "I did not personally kill your son, father and brother. I am innocent."

Hours earlier, Davis declined what the prison offered him as a final meal, Cook said.

[Updated at 11:12 p.m.] Davis has been executed, a prison representative has said. The time of death was 11:08 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 10:55 p.m.] Davis' execution is expected to begin between 11:05 to 11:10 p.m. ET, the Georgia Department of Corrections says.

[Updated at 10:36 p.m.] People who'd been protesting for hours across the street from the prison where Davis will be executed are chanting, "We are Troy Davis," CNN's David Mattingly reported.

[Updated at 10:21 p.m.] The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Davis' motion for a stay of execution.

Word of the Supreme Court's decision comes more than three hours after Davis was scheduled to be executed, and more than four hours after Davis' attorneys had filed the motion.

With the ruling, Georgia is expected to proceed with Davis' execution.

[Updated at 10:07 p.m.] The daylong gathering across the street from the prison by Davis' supporters has turned into a candlelight vigil, CNN's Gustavo Valdes reports. Hundreds still are waiting for a resolution. Some are praying, and some others are singing.

[Updated at 9:41 p.m.] The Rev. Raphael Warnock said he was standing with Davis' relatives on the grounds of the prison when they heard the execution wouldn't happen at the scheduled time.

"I was standing with the family at about 7 p.m. By that time, of course, naturally, we were expecting the worst," Warnock, a pastor to Davis' family, told CNN's Piers Morgan. "Suddenly we began to hear cheers from the crowd across the way, and the word came that the execution had been delayed.

"Certainly we're glad that Troy Davis is still alive, but we are still witnessing, in my estimation, a civil right violation and a human rights violation in the worst way unfold before our very eyes. This is Troy Davis’ fourth execution date. I’m glad that he’s alive, but that in and of itself is cruel and unusual punishment. America can do much better than this."

Asked if Davis had had what would have been offered as a last meal, Warnock indicated that Davis might have skipped it.

“I do know that on the last time he received an execution warrant, he refused his last meal," Warnock said. "I spoke earlier tonight with his nephew ... and he said his uncle would refuse his last meal again today. He has continued to insist that this is not his last meal. I must say to you that he evinces a faith that is just amazing, even to me as his pastor."

[Updated at 9:05 p.m.] The number of police officers standing outside the Georgia prison housing Davis has risen to more than 100, CNN's David Mattingly reported. The officers are watching protesters, who've been across the street for hours.

The crowd has been orderly, Mattingly said. While it had been chanting for much of the day, they're "probably as quiet as I’ve heard them all night," Mattingly reported.

[Updated at 8:55 p.m.] Dozens of people have gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in support of Davis, footage from CNN affiliate WJLA shows.

Still no ruling from the court on Davis' request for a stay of execution.

[Updated at 8:39 p.m.] This video report from CNN's David Mattingly, made about 40 minutes ago, shows the people who've been protesting across the street from the prison where Davis is being held, and the police officers in riot gear who are in front of the prison, watching the protesters.

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[Updated at 8:19 p.m.] The mother of the police officer that Davis was convicted of killing told CNN's Anderson Cooper that she is "absolutely devastated" that the execution has yet to happen.

“I’m absolutely devastated because I want it over with. ... They’ve been through the courts four times there in Georgia. They’ve been to the Supreme Court three times," Anneliese MacPhail said in an interview from her home, referring to previous delays. "This delay, again, is very upsetting and I think very unfair to us."

"I'd like to close this book," she said. "We feel (Davis is) guilty. The evidence and everything that we have seen - that I have seen , because I’ve been to all the trials - he is guilty, and I believe in that. And so does the rest of my family.”

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[Updated at 8:10 p.m.] The time that the U.S. Supreme Court is taking to rule on Davis' motion for a stay of execution is unusual, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said. "Usually, it’s handled pretty promptly," Toobin said.

Davis' lawyers filed the motion at about 6 p.m., an hour before Davis' scheduled execution. The state attorney general's office filed a response shortly afterward.

The two hours that the court has had the motion is "not a long time, but it's long enough for (the nine justices) to respond and say, 'Go ahead,'" Toobin said. "So it does suggest that they’re taking this seriously, and there may be some disagreement.”

[Updated at 7:43 p.m.] After a brief moment of jubilation upon hearing that the execution hasn't yet happened, Davis' supporters - who have gathered outside the grounds of the prison where he is being held - are regrouping and talking about what might be next, CNN's Emma Lacey-Bordeaux reports. "Troy Davis can never die" is a common theme.

The state of Georgia isn't proceeding with the execution until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Davis' request for a stay. Davis' attorneys filed the request about an hour before Davis' scheduled 7 p.m. execution.

Davis' supporters, who had been chanting, are now letting out cheers as drivers pass and honk their horns. Otherwise, the mood is tense as they wait for a development, Lacey-Bordeaux reports.

[Updated at 7:26 p.m.] The state of Georgia hasn't yet proceeded with the execution of Troy Davis, because it is waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on his request for a stay, CNN's Bill Mears reports.

Davis had been scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. ET. His attorneys filed a motion asking the Supreme Court for a stay about an hour before the scheduled execution time.

[Updated at 7:06 p.m.] Inside the grounds of the prison where Davis is scheduled to be executed, about 100 people, including Davis' sister, have formed a tight circle and are praying and singing, CNN's Gustavo Valdes reports.

[Updated at 6:32 p.m.] Davis' attorneys have filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for a stay of execution, the court has said. No decision yet.

[Updated at 6:28 p.m.] Earlier, this blog mentioned a protest outside the White House against Troy Davis' scheduled execution. Here is video of the protest:

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[Updated at 6:20 p.m.] CNN's David Mattingly notes that according to the state Department of Corrections' schedule, Davis would have been offered a mild sedative, to calm his nerves, at 6 p.m.

[Updated at 5:58 p.m.] Davis' supporters outside the Jackson, Georgia, prison where he is to be executed are growing louder, CNN's David Mattingly reports. Frequent chants include: "Death Row? Hell No!" and "Free Troy Davis."

[Updated at 5:54 p.m.] CNN's David Mattingly notes that Davis, who had been scheduled for execution three previous times, "has never been as close to dying as he is at this hour." A previous scheduled execution was called off more than two hours before it was to happen; this time, Davis is a little more than an hour from the scheduled time.

"He has already said goodbye to friends and family visiting today," Mattingly writes. "He's been served his last meal. Everyone is waiting to see if a last-minute appeal now working it's way up the legal system might somehow stop or delay Troy Davis' pending appointment with lethal injection."

[Updated at 5:41 p.m.] The Georgia Supreme Court says it has unanimously denied a stay of execution for Troy Davis.

The court also denied his request for another appeal to be heard.

His attorneys will now ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution - Davis' last hope, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said.

"The United States Supreme Court has a procedure in place. They know when executions are coming; they are expecting an application, so I expect this will be acted on fairly quickly. ... It’s unlikely that a stay will be granted, but that possibility exists, and that’s Troy Davis’ only hope," Toobin said.

[Updated at 4:33 p.m.] With one eye on the clock, celebrity supporters of Troy Davis are using their platforms to continue to spread the word about the Georgia inmate.

[Updated at 4:31 p.m.] A Butts County Superior Court judge has declined to halt the execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Davis’ attorney Brian Kammer tells CNN the appeal is now being brought before the Georgia Supreme Court.

[Updated at 4:14 p.m.] Davis saw 25 visitors Wednesday during the six-hour window (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) he was allowed to receive them before his scheduled 7 p.m. execution, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

The visitors included relatives, friends, clergy and an attorney.

[Updated at 3:06 p.m.] A look at Davis' schedule today at the Jackson, Georgia, prison where he is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m., from CNN's John Murgatroyd:

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Visitation with family, friends, clergy and/or attorneys.

3 p.m.: Will undergo a physical.

4 p.m.: Last meal offered.

5 p.m.: Opportunity to record final statement.

6 p.m.: An optional sedative will be offered.

[Updated at 3:02 p.m.]  About 100 people have gathered outside the White House in Washington, D.C., protesting Davis' scheduled execution in Georgia. The crowd consists mostly of students from Washington's Howard University, CNN's Lesa Jansen and Bob Kovach report.

One of the protesters, Howard graduate student Tamatha Scott, said in a CNN iReport video that the students marched from Howard to the White House, responding to student leaders' call to protest on Twitter.

“I started seeing the tweets about it late last night. It has been a very peaceful protest,” Scott said.

CNN's Lesa Jansen took this photo of the protest:

[Updated at 2:38 p.m.] An example of the high-profile support that Davis has received: Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, posted the following to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon:

"The State should not be executing Troy Davis. . . if there is even a chance that he is innocent, why execute?"

Davis has gained international support. Public figures including Pope Benedict XVI, Desmond Tutu and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, entertainers such as Susan Sarandon, Harry Belafonte and the Indigo Girls, and others have joined with Amnesty International, the NAACP and other groups in supporting Davis' efforts to be exonerated. On Wednesday, the French Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it "deeply regrets" the parole board's decision.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m.] Outside the Jackson, Georgia, prison where Davis is to be executed at 7 p.m., many of the speakers have struck hopeful notes, and some say they hope to change the system for the future, CNN's Emma Lacey-Bordeaux reports.

Many are holding hand-lettered signs, with messages such as, "Spare Troy Davis." Some have produced signs showing Davis' picture and the message, "NAACP says too much doubt."

One of the signs carried outside the Jackson prison refers to the NAACP's stance.

[Updated at 1:34 p.m.] Dozens of people have already gathered at the prison in Jackson, Georgia, where Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, CNN's Gustavo Valdes reported.

People gather Wednesday outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia, where Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is among those at the site.

The group is praying and holding hands, Valdes reported.

[Updated at 1:28 a.m. ET]  The Georgia Department of Corrections told CNN it has denied a request by Troy Davis' lawyers to conduct a polygraph test.

[Updated at 10:16 a.m. ET] The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has declined to reconsider its decision denying clemency to Troy Davis.

Supporters of Davis have been hoping that some last-ditch efforts might help save him from being executed on Wednesday night. Earlier Wednesday, his team filed an appeal asking to stay his execution.

[Posted at 9:13 a.m. ET] Attorneys for Troy Davis, facing execution in Georgia at 7 p.m. Wednesday, have filed a request to stay his execution in Butts County Superior Court.

Davis is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday night in Jackson, Georgia, for the 1989 shooting death of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail.

The parole board declined to grant Davis clemency Tuesday following a hearing Monday in which it heard testimony calling into question physical evidence and witness statements that a Chatham County jury relied on in convicting Davis in 1991. In Georgia, only the board - not the governor - has the right to grant clemency.

Since Davis' conviction, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Davis' supporters say the original witnesses were fearful of police and spoke under duress.

Other witnesses also have since come forward with accounts that call Davis' conviction into question, according to his supporters.

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  1. ronald arjune

    The legal system is family that don't accuse one another.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • tayona

      So true Ronald The Goverment the same way

      September 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. war:head

    Mark McPhail from Butts County...seriously?

    On a serious note: How can any intelligent being _not_ stay this case? It doesn't get more dubious than that, short of someone else confessing...

    September 21, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • SightSeer

      I don't get the humor. My 5 year old would giggle at Butts County. Am I seriously missing something, or are you developmentally delayed in some fashion?

      September 21, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • yeltzin

      ridiculing the victim?

      September 21, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott tanner

      As a former police officer in New Hampshire, I have to say that boy must serve justice.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fed Up

      @Scott Tanner, that "BOY", really? That's the best you can do? That's the most racist comment I've heard all day.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      @ sight ....I feel badly for your son. Just put the swastickerr on his head know and get it over with .

      September 22, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kathleen

    Please contact Georgia's State Attorney General!

    Here is the information to contact Sam Olens, Georgia State Attorney General's Office. The office is taking live calls.

    Office of the Attorney General
    40 Capitol Square, SW
    Atlanta, Ga 30334

    Phone: (404) 656-3300

    Fax: (404) 657-8733


    September 21, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Bird

      It's a HOAX!!!!!!! no one called the Atty Generals' office when he killed a cop in cold blood! He needs to DIE!

      September 21, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Thanks! I am writing to make sure justice is served rather than blown off because of race.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Monique Manna

      When reasonable doubt exists then the evidence presented must be reconsidered. Here we have several people recanting their stories...I wish I knew all sides to this story, however, from what was reported, there appears to be doubt. I do hope the Supreme Court intervenes. I will add this too, will the death of another man, no matter what, bring back the victim? No, this death will do the same it has to the victims family, bring sorrow. If he is guilty, then he should be punished, but not by death. If he is innocent, then there is a killer out in our midst, and if this execution goes through as planned, then more than one person will have gotten away with murder.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      This is not the first rodeo for Mr. Davis. This case has been reviewed over and over again. Too many of my hard earned tax dollars have been spent on this guy already. It is now to the point of being ridiculous.
      For the record,this is not a race issue it's an issue of murder no matter what the color!

      September 21, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony K

      @ Bob- make sure you put your teeth back in hillbilly so the operator can understand you! Just tryin to help! 😉

      September 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • GIL TEE

      I called Kathleen
      and offered to do the injection.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony K

      @ Gil Tee -I bet you did call and ask to do the injection. Now I can't wait to add it to your list God WILL SEE when you die and stand naked. Judge not lest ye be judged.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaxman1971

      @Tony K,
      So, anyone that wants him to be executed is a hillbilly? Who exactly is the racist? You are an idiot! We know your kind (i.e. Al Gore). You think if others don't view the world as you, they are uneducated, backwards, or both. Well, up yours!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Sarah, it's good to know that the Rule of Law has a financial cap.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      YES CONTACT THEM RIGHT AWAY! They are probalby tired of people calling them to complain but in this case we should all call them and thank them for a job well done!

      September 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pauline

    I believe this man is guilty AND I do NOT want to see him put to death! I will be praying that the stay is granted today. Please pray for MERCY for this man and comfort for the victim's family.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      You believe things when there is no evidence to prove they happened.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jdog

    what's for sale today CNN?

    September 21, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • kermit12

      "REASONABLE DOUBT" That is what is for sale today. Oh, and A HUMAN LIFE. Problem is, this human

      that I speak of is black. I know how black folk are treated in the South. I was raised there. I am a white lady.

      Give this man a chance. The Supreme Court said to grant him a new trial, and the state of Georgia said NO.

      That was the first time in 50 years that the Supreme Court became involved in a Death Penalty case to this level.

      Reasonable doubt, that is what our legal system is built on.

      And, today, this American feels like that is a damned lie.

      I will be on my knees praying for Troy Davis and his family today when (if?) he is executed. 4pm PST.

      Forgive us Father, for we know not what we do. This time, I'm afraid the state of Georgia does know.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeff laz

    Obviously it doesn't take evidence to convict and execute a black man in this country. At least not in the state of Georgia.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank Frost

      Jeff, he was convicted by a mostly black jury. This isn't a black vs. white issue. By painting it as a black issue, you alienate people who would otherwise have compassion for this man. This is an issue of southern "justice", human indifference, and police coercion of witnesses. Do Mr. Davis a favor and stop painting this as a black issue. That only serves to alienate people from this cause.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • 360degrees

      This is just another example of the uneducated inciting race hatred by presenting ridiculous unfounded statements. Comments like this do not bring anything to the argument except more hate.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony K

      Where is the DNA? Where are the witnesses? This man should be set free if noeither can be presented in a new trial.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      why does this always have to be about race. I read a few post back that only black men get the death penalty. How about coming back to the real world. Bad people come in every shape and color. Currently, 44% of the death row inmates are white; 42% are black, 12% are Hispanic and 2% are "Other". That is probably pretty the actual racial demographics in our country right now. So lets not get caught up in hysterics and realize that sometimes bad people do bad things.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      @Scott – actually, Black people make up only 12.6% of the US population, according to the census. I'm not saying this case is necessarily racially inflected (though I suspect that it is), but if white people (72.4% of the population) make up 44% of death row inmates, while black people (12.6% of the population) make up 42% of the death row population, it's hard to argue that there isn't some kind of racial bias to who we choose to execute as a society. I'd rather let 100 guilty men live out their lives in prison than risk executing one innocent one, especially when there's evidence that your odds of receiving the death penalty are influenced by your race.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scratch

      Jeremy...There may be a reason other than bias for the percentages you listed. Think about it for a few minutes.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      Seriously what a load of crap. Maybe people(all races) don't need to be running with guns around city streets. I hate when people play the race card.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Two FirmWitnesses

    Let me get this straight. If seven of nine people recanted their story, there are still TWO people who have *not recanted* their story. And in most cases or courts of law it takes only *ONE* witness to a crime to get a person convicted. Not two or more, though it can be helpful. Therefore, TWO witnesses *remain firm* in what they saw or know. That tells the story here and would be enough to convict a person of whatever color in this country unless the laws are changed to REQUIRE more than one person to collaborate a story in order to secure a conviction. Enough said.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank Frost

      One of those two is probably the actual killer. I have also heard that the other is in a nursing home, but I can't find anything about that online. If 7 of 9 witnesses are now saying they were coerced by police, is it not reasonable to conclude that the other two have motives to stick to their stories? Obviously Mr. Coles has reason to stick to his story, or he would be the one being killed. Unless you've lived in the south, you don't know the kind of crap police do there.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • >

      Eyewitness testimony is some of the most unreliable evidence there is, and that is a fact. Of the convictions that have been overturned since DNA testing has become routine, almost all of them were convictions that were orignially based on eyewitness testimony. Eyewitness testimony is not proof of anything, nor is the testimony of one witness sufficient proof for a conviction.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • >

      And by the way, one of the two "firm witnesses" is the Sylvester Coles, who very possibly could be the guilty party.

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

      I think it's Coles as well, not this man.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      So your ideal justice system kills someone on the testimony of a single person?

      September 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      Well, our legal system always convicts the correct person.. Hah.
      Anyone remember any of these cases,
      If there is any chance at all of someone being innocent, do you really think they should be executed? I obviously have no idea whether he is innocent or not, but I don't want this case to end up in the numerous cases of wrongful execution that already exist. You can never get back a life that you took.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RD

    His case has been heard from state court all the way to the U.S. Supreme court, and all the way back down again. Not one judge or jury has determined him to be innocent. This is exactly what is wrong with this country, letting killers sit on death row for 20 years or more and suck the legal system dry. There will be no stay of execution given in Butts County. Justice will finally be served at 7:00 p.m. sharp

    September 21, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • law student

      actually, the US Supreme Court denied this writ of certiorari. You have to request the US Supreme Court to hear your case, which is this writ. You do not automatically get to present your case to them. However, the fact that they did not accept this case is pretty much expected as they have not accepted a criminal case in years. So the fact that the Supreme Court of the United States didnt take his case does not mean his is guilty.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    He was found guilty over 20 years ago. He has had plenty of time to prove he was innocent. They are not telling the whole story. This is liberal media trying to wind up the nation.
    HE killed a cop, shot another man in the head and if given the opportunity would do it again. Time has come to pay for your crimes.
    I love how people blame this on race in other articles, but seeing as the biggest crime in America is African American on Africans American, the blame does lie in race. The blame lies on animals who can not act civil.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      FFwd to now-dead man walking-steak or ribs? last steps of the green mile-justice done-most other posts explain the reasons this will move foreward

      September 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • rastaman44

      Another racist azzwipe voicing support for death of the black man in the comfort of his mommy's home and at her computer.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isabella

      Excellent post! My husband was one of the Savannah Police officers on duty that night. Davis is guilty. .. period. Before everyone starts yelling and screaming about how unfair things are they really should get ALL of the facts... read the police reports and the court rulings. Davis has had ample time to prove innocence. he hasnt. He was justly tried by his peers, mostly black jury, and found guilty. Stop wasting tax payers money. This is ignorance. Mac MacPhail didnt have the opportunity to beg for his life. Davis kicked him in the side where he shot him and rolled him over and shot him point blank over the eye!! This is NOT a racial issue... this is a sociopath who doesnt want to accept the blame for what he has done, cry poor me and throw the "i'm just a poor black guy that the cops all hate" card... The cops were not bothering him till he pulled the trigger. Davis made a CHOICE... it was not a good one. if you want to quote the bible... make sure you read 1 Timothy 1:9...Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers.... and this is from the NEW TESTAMENT...not the Old testament...

      September 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tara

      Right, Isabella, but vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord. Also, Jesus was wrongfully executed, and the quote you shared actually isn't pro-capital punishment at all. Innocent people have been executed, and it's barbaric to continue a practice so open to human fallibility (and if you think it isn't, you are lying to yourself). Maybe he's innocent, maybe he's guilty, but it is not for the State to kill him just because you want to save taxpayer's money. This is a living, breathing human being, and his soul belongs to God to take, not to the State.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cruelhonesty

    lets set aside all of the race B.S. (ohhh poor black man)...and lets even say he didnt kill that police officer....the fact is he did admit to shooting someone in the face at the party earlier that day...several witnesses saw him do it!

    Seems like a monster that we should have no problem putting to death....

    September 21, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank Frost

      Mr. Cruel, please show me where he admitted to that. Several of the "witnesses" have now stated that they were coerced by police into saying all these things. You can post links here, so please show me where Mr. Davis admitted that he shot that guy in the face.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony K

      @ Frank Frost Please don't argue with a Tea Bagger- they know nothing but they wish BLOOD TO BE SHED, no matter to Whom it is. It's beyond sick the tea party rants on how many people they want dead. If you get sick they want you dead so why would they have issue executing a man in jail???

      September 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tara

      So a bleeding heart should also be hooked up on the table?? This is sick. Sick sick sick. To believe in innocence, to refrain from adding more violence, that deserves punishment? What kind of a world do you want to raise your children in? What kind of God do you worship?

      September 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      @ tony ..well put.. you never know what age , level of intelligence or sick political/religious affiliation you are engaging. Best not to answer most of these moronic responses .

      September 22, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tickers

    This is exactly why death row inmates need to be either put down or put out in MAX GP within two years.

    People start feeling Sorry for the killer

    September 21, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      @ ticker you are another moron spitting back what you heard your abusive Dad talking about at the dinner table ..before he takes you out and whips your ass .. You still can get help or just join the services when you grad. HS. We need people like you to take the first hit!

      September 22, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jamal

    I'm black and I think this guy should roast.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • cruelhonesty

      well put sir...Finally, a black man with an intelligent point of view...we need to stop seeing colors and start looking at the person.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • U.S.Army-OverLord

      I fully agree, if this guy did shoot someone else in the face and the casings match the ones use to kill the cop, he did it. Black, White, Yellow, Green, It's time to pay what you owe the state.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • abovethehype

      @ Jamal...The fact that you state that you are black is just what the spin doctor ordered. Your "black opinion" does not validate the decision to execute Troy. And did you catch what "cruelhonesty" said '...Finally, a black man with an intelligent point of view'. His comment shows to what degree of value your race is to him. And don't get it twisted....I'm not for or against his execution. My interest in this blog is in the dialogue. However...I do have an opinion. I just don't think this venue will provide much intelligent discourse.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      For all of you that wished this man death.......let me tell you what was said in the last 15minutes of Troy Davis's life. Per= He looked up to the mcphail family while strapped to the guerney and told them, He was not the killer, he did not have a gun that night, and he maintained his innocence. That they should dig deeper in finding the real killer. He forgave them, and the staff to give him the lethal injections, and prayed to God to have mercey on their souls, and Bless their souls !!!! Does this sound like a man who DESERVED to die???? NO ! He was innocent and it was obvious. No one should be happy that he is dead, if you are.... you are SICK, and need God in your life.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrisg

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

    September 21, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony K

      Rick Perry handing out the Kool-Aid at his rallies is whats wrong with these people! Haven't you been watching the debate? I guess they will follow Perry to Jonestown too.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      There's nothing wrong with them. The difference between you and them is that they have ALL the evidence, not just the blurbs presented in the sensationalist media. The evidence was reviewed, re-reviewed, and re-reviewed again. The man is guilty and this is our system's penalty for shooting someone in the face.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Well, if the evidence is truly as clear-cut as you are making it out to be, why has this evidence not been released to the public? I have followed the case, and the two testimonies seemed sincere, but none of the evidence has seemed to me to be a smoking gun, clearly indicating that he is guilty. Witnesses can lie, and witnesses can be coerced into lying. In all honesty, he probably is guilty, but that shred of doubt remains. I would rather have a guilty man spend life in jail than know that an innocent man may have been wrongfully executed.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mphtmnslt

    Capital punishment is so barbaric. Are we living in the nineteenth century again?

    September 21, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • cruelhonesty

      Is murder not barbaric??? we are not cutting his head off...we are going to give him the easy way out...putting him to sleep and stopping his heart...

      We should start serving public executions like they really did in the 19th century, and show people we arent playing around! Cut his head off!

      September 21, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex


      It has been shown that the death penalty is not a deterrent to heinous crimes. Most families do not feel any better after the man convicted of killing their family member is put to death, and most feel worse. Let's remember we're not punishing the man who committed the crime by killing him...because he's the dead one, he feels nothing afterwards. We are only punishing the convicted's family. How is that fair? It's like someone being caught for stealing someones car and in return the state takes away the convicted's mom's car...this kind of logic makes no sense.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jrh512

    In recent years, it has been proven by DNA science that hundreds of people have been falsely accused of murder and executed. It is on this knowledge alone that I am against the death penalty. I would rather see 1000 murders set free than for 1 innocent person to be executed.............I have no opinion on Davis' guilt or innocence except to say he has exhausted 22 years of legal maneuvering.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • orza

      Maybe not the best logic, though I agree with your motivation. If you are going to let 1000 murderers go free, probably you will end up with more innocent people murdered.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • GIL TEE

      ***** I would rather see 1000 murders set free than for 1 innocent person to be executed.........

      Then they can all live in your neighborhood.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • swpoet

      Love that logic! Let's turn a 1,000 murders loose to likely kill more innocent people vs 1. I don't want to see 1 innocent person executed either but the idea of turning 1,000 murders loose to prevent it is a$$inine! Lord help us if that kind of logic rules.

      September 22, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
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