R.I.P: Troy Davis Executed After Supreme Court Denies Appeal
After 22years on death row, a swirl of international pleas for clemency and four agonising and even torturous stay in the past few years, Troy Davis was executed at a state prison in Jackson, Ga., by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 11:08 pm ET September 21.
Davis, 42, was convicted of the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah, Ga., policeman Mark MacPhail. Although he maintained his innocence over the years, multiple legal appeals failed to prove his innocence. In a very final attempt to save Davis’s life, his Lawyers made a last ditch appeal to the US Supreme Court. But after four hours of deliberation, the nine justices unanimously decided to uphold the execution.
While strapped to a gurney, Troy declared his innocence a final time and spoke his final word as witnesses and relatives of the victim looked on.
“I’d like to address the MacPhail family,”Davis said,“Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I’m not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent. The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun. All I can ask … is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth. I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight. For those about to take my life, God have mercy on your souls. And may God bless your souls.”