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. Collin Wilson

    OMG! I am closer to dying than I have ever been. We are ALL closer to dying than we have ever been.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dorkus

    Just kill the guy, he's bl@ck isn't he? Ergo, he's guilty of something. it would be a shame to miss this opportunity to execute another worthless sub-human who up to now has been nothing but a drain upon society. Just do it before the liberals set him free to commit another crime!

    September 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Compassionate


      September 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • julie

      I think that you are a racist pig. color of skin should not matter; if it does to you then something is very very wrong with your brain. this is not the 1800s.... this is 2011 move foward in case you forgot.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Compassionate

    i swear if i could have some of you ppl trade places with Troy Davis then I would do so without a second thought. You ppl speak so much about whether this is a black or white issue but the simple fact is this JUSTICE system is a problem. FIrst off you do not have any evidence on the man but you are still executing him.....ppl lke Casey Anthony who lied about her baby's death and then hid her babys body in the woods are walking scott free and enjoying life. This doesn t make sense I believe everyone deserves a free trial and everyone should be tried respectively. I do not care if this is a police officer or not, there have been plenty of situations where COPS have shot 51 times and KILLED innocent ppl and nothing has ever happened to them. But the minute an officer dies the person who does is isn't given a second thought they are automatically guilty and should receive the worst punishment possible. Some of you ppl need to take a cold hard look at the facts and realize why ppl are angry and protesting. Its not about color necessarily its really about fairness and equality something we are taught to exercise not is never acted on.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. EvidenceIs AgainstHIm

    What these anti-death penalty fanatics fail to recognize is that even though seven people have recanted their story, TWO remain who haven't and last time I checked it only took ONE (1) witness to secure a conviction for a crime, no matter what the color of their skin is. So, since there are two who Stand Firm in their conviction about this man, the jury has made a decision and aside from a requirement that all the other seven also have to agree with the two, the TWO who have testified against him have secured his conviction, his prosecution, and ultimately his death sentence. Anything other than that would be grossly unfair to the American System of Justice. Enough said!

    September 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ella

    This is absolutely tragic! Seven out of the nine witnesses have changed their stories since the trial and there is not the slightest bit of physical evidence. If Troy is executed, that would be a HUGE step back in society and modern democracy, for the United States! Moments like this make me guilty to be an American! Georgia Court, I beg you, please save this innocent man! Do you not remember...."Innocent until proven guilty?" There is no proof, so Troy is innocent. SAVE TROY DAVIS!
    Age 13

    September 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Time to put the steaks on the grill and cheer that justice is being done. Time to pay for your sins, murderer...

      September 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unafiliated

      Hello Ella, Age 13, Before you go crying to your friends about how terrible our country is, you should take a breath and think about it for a second. You say there is "no proof" and that "there is not the slightest bit of physical evidence." I must challenge you on that. The fact is, you don't know what you are talking about. You don't know if there is evidence or not. You don't know if there is proof. You are listening to people who have an agenda. Long before Troy Davis went on trial for murder, there were people that opposed the death penalty. They latch onto every DP case where the condemned claims innocence (and there are many), even better if he's black. They want to show you how wrong this all is. Whether it is or isn't wrong doesn't matter here. What matters is that all those yelling loudest that Davis is innocent, frankly, are spinning the argument because it promotes their cause. You say there is no proof, yet he was 1) arrested 2) convicted 3) couldn't get out of it after two decades of appeals and 4) denied a stay by UNANIMOUS Supreme Court of Georgia decision. Stop crying about how this makes you guilty to be an American. There are people that are evil. Any system of justice has to punish them when they act out on their sociopathic nature. Just because you read on CNN that there are people that think he's innocent doesn't make him so. As for the problems in America, yes there are many. However, I can tell you that America is far better than most of the rest of the world. I lived for awhile in Mexico and Chile. In both countries I have met people that couldn't read because their country didn't bother to educate them. In both countries I've seen brutal poverty. In Chile, I lived under a dictator. In Mexico, people thought of the government as a sham (more so than you think of the US government). In much of the world, girls your age look out on the word from behind burqas and have few rights to look forward to. Before you let your "guilt" about America turn into a lifetime of hatred, I urge you to open your eyes and look around a little, and be grateful that you were born here.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pinkie

    Why in God's name do they give you a physical three hours before execution? To make sure you're healthy enough to kill? It makes no sense.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      More for legalities.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug

      If Obama had any balls he'd stop this and so would West (a no show mouth)

      September 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnBoy

      LMAO..I was thinking the same exact thing

      September 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOMore LastMeals

      Well, I just read that in Texas, the Rick Perry state, the LAST MEAL that a prisoner is given which can include anything they want before they are put to death will be *NO MORE!* A Senator has put a stop to that with the blessings of the state. So, how do you like THAT! It does save the state of Texas a lot of money as some go overboard in asking for a last meal which they should not get and Do Not Deserve. They won't even have time to have a bow-el move-ment to get rid of it come to think of it! But good thinking on the part of the Senator! No More Last Meals To Those Being Put To Death In Texas! Regular stuff only from now on and they shouldn't even get that! And as Governor Rick Perry has pledged to do, he will EXECUTE anyone committing murder in Texas! Now how does THAT grab all of you, Bu–bas! Good going, Rick! Thumbing Nose to Death Penalty Opponents! That's our President Rick!! YAY!! 🙂

      September 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cat

    Less than an hour to go – just let him live. God Bless you Mr. Davis.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Rot in hell Davis, you freaking heartless murderer... I hope it is painful...

      September 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      God bless the victim and his family for being strong and putting up with this ridiculously long execution, finally you get justice. As for Davis and his left wing supporters, ROT in hell, he put a well meaning police officer in a box so now, we are going to put him in a box.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bo

      Why, he was found guilty. I could give a rip if he is black white pink or any color. It is now a popular media built crisis. I seriously doubt that any of his supporters has had a friend or relative murdered. Too many people think this is the chic thing to do, and this mostly stems from the capital Punishment opponents. If he was white, and he murdered a black man, do you think many of these individuals would be standing up to cry foul, I think not.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Audrey Hansen

      Well, if the racism is the reason in this case. 2 juries of the 6 juries are blacks. So are they racists of their own color?
      It's ridiculous that they have to treat this guy is so much disrespect and give him no right at all to life. Who do they think they are to kill a guy that has done nothing wrong? Where the christianity in the human beings now days? Where is the love and compassion for each other went? I can't believe this. Where is the forgiveness in the human being? Their is no love in anybody now days just selfish in people's heart.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. doug

    they better hope they got the write guy or it would be a trajeck mistake to send him to the electric chair.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Wow! They don't use the electric chair any more.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      "they better hope they got the write guy or it would be a trajeck mistake to send him to the electric chair."


      They better hope they have the right guy. It would be a tragic mistake to terminate him via lethal injection.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SomePeople

      the "right" guy a "traggic" mistake, and dealth by lethal injection.... if you are going to comment know your facts!!!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caitlin

      Spell check...

      September 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      you should be executed for your lack of grammer. if this guy's execution is a slap in the face to the U.S. justice system, you are a slap in the face to the U.S. education system...

      September 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Karina Ofrim

    What kind of law-system does decline a human the right to take a polygraph-test to prove his innoncents? Seems like someone wants a scapegoat. If 7 of 9 witnesses has withdrawn theire testemony, the whole case should be reconsidered, and the sentence is not based on the same evidence.
    This is a killing in the name of law, and the law-system in this case if the information is right, is not working. Those in charge of this execution, is no more than criminals themselves if they pull this through.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      The cool thing is, once you are a convicted cop killer you do not have a right to a polygraph! Heck, you don't have the right to live, who cares about your other so called rights. But wow. I can't praise his death like some...

      September 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bo

      How do you know if he is guilty or not. The evidence and testimony has been looked over. It is easy to say he isnt guilty. look at both sides. Why would a witness wait so long to recant their testimony?

      September 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Informer

      The polygraph-test does not provide definite evidence either. This could convict the innocent or let the guilty go free. This device merely "records several physiological indices such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and skin conductivity while the subject is asked and answers a series of questions" (

      A person merely has to be nervous when answering and the polygraph-test would indicate the person was lying.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Disgusted

    Murderer Casey Anthony we had all the evidence in the world and her murdering ass is walking around like everything is all good. This case there is NO evidence and he's going to die? IS ANYONE AWAKE HERE? This is unbelievable I have no faith in our so called "justice system" Its a crock of s#!@

    September 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Courtney

      Isn't that the truth!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Audrey Hansen

      i agree with you too. That show us that the justice system in this country is not working and that don't make sense to freed up Casey Anthony that murdered her daughter and kill this guy that is proven to be innocent. We can see that the human's justice is failure and only God can do the right justice and some day when He says is enough i won't fell sorry for the 6 juries and the judge that murdering this guy. I'm just sick of my stomach today, didn't have the courage to do anything around house over this case today. But i believe in our wonderfull God and He will do the justice in the right time.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chillipepper

    Com'on, it's in vouge to want to help a black man thats kills a cop. First off the cops (to liberals) represents white authority and the black man is the poor guy that has had racism used against him all his life by whites. So liberals don't feel much for a cop. Also it's helps the cop was white to feel nothing for the innocent man that was murdered. People think cops aren't really that human. After all they act like robots that give out tickets. Also liberals think that because so many black men are in prison is because they were framed. Not that they possibly do alot of crime. It's the white mans fault and his system not made for the black race at fault. You have to have a video of the murder nowadays because people have been so dumbed down to put 2 and 2 together on their own. On top of that if Jackson was white nodody would care.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      youre an idiot

      September 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kealia

      You speak of generalities but I get your point. I am a moderate liberal and so is my husband. We are white and he is a cop. His verdict regarding this case: if there is little to no physical evidence and most of the witnesses have recanted their statements, the man at least deserves a new trial. He should not be executed because there is way too much doubt. He believes that this man is probably innocent.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • LadyeCatte

      Maybe if cops didn't make habit of routinely harassing, threatening, falsely charging, assaulting and KILLING Black men and then lying about it, with their 'brothers in blue' helping to cover it up, they wouldn't have such a bad rep when it comes race relations.
      Its alright for you to sit there and run down the ignorant, meaningless Teabagger/KKK drivel, but you need to pay attention to what happened to Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Melvin Williams, and a legion of others shot down/executed just because of the color of their skin. Black people have EVERY RIGHT to cry out about the injustices done every single day.

      Troy Davis is, sadly, one more Black man the historically racist state of Georgia is continuing to pretend s guilty just so that can ramp up their statistics against Blacks.

      And you can take your Teabag-happy self straight to hell along with the ones doing this to him.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nick

    No one is innocent in this world. We are all sinners and deserve death. Thank God for Christ.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • moneymike

      there is no God......or Christ.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • moneymike


      September 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cat

      you r a butthead.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Top Eleven Signs You're a Christian:"

      11- You believe in a book (New Testament) that was written 80 years after your Messiah died by men who never met him and who believed the earth was flat and the Sun revolved around the Earth, but continuously deny modern science books.

      10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

      9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.

      8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

      7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!

      6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.

      5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.

      4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs - though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."

      3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.

      2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

      1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      your an ignorant, brainwashed person. no wonder your priest refers to the followers as lambs. give away your ability to think freely and critically about what is going on in the world and trade it for having faith in a fantasy.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kealia

      To Jeff:
      Thank you for your post. It's the smartest comment I've read in quite some time.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bo

      You Nick, are a sad strange little man

      September 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Murad

      Why do animals die? Why do every fish, bee, and fly die? What sin did they comit?

      Christ did not die for anyone's sin. "The father shall not bear the inequity of son, neither will the son bear inequity of his father. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him. And the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him." Ezekeil 18:20.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ricky

    This execution, no different than others, will not deter crime whatsoever.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      It will make me smile... 🙂 🙂

      September 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bman

    I hate racists who call everyone around them that don't agree with them and are a different race a racist. We let them get away with it because it's an uncomfortable subject, or we are afraid that we may offened the racist. Or maybe we feel sorry for their past. I don't let anyone like this slide. My family wasn't in this country until late 1800's so we wronged no one and I am not going to take crap from people who are racist just because I am not their color. Let's face it, anytime a race dislikes another race just because of their race, it's racism. I believe that is a bigger problem in the USA and most know, but few will talk about it or admit it.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Boo hoo hoo... shut up
      Racism! wah! Racism!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      Chris, I was told I was racist because I beleive he is guilty.....I agree..stop crying race..EVERYONE!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. marv

    This is the great thing about republicans (at least in the south)... they don't give an F about life. They'll throw thier own granny under the bus to cut medicare & social security. And yet they claim to be Christian. But none of their acts reflect the love of Jesus. The hypocrisy is always stunning.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      jesus christ, have you no factual knowledge to share? everything you said is strictly biased opinion and means nothing to anyone. you could at least have cited some sort of example to prove or at least justify your rash statement.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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