Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Troy Davis Executed in Georgia

The 35th Execution of 2011

Troy Davis was executed this evening after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay of execution, according to ABC News.  Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah, Ga., policeman Mark MacPhail, and had his execution stayed four times over the course of his 22 years on death row, but multiple legal appeals during that time failed to prove his innocence.

Davis died at 11:08 p.m., according to a Georgia Department of Corrections official.

The execution was delayed more than four hours as the U.S. Supreme Court weighed last-minute arguments from Davis' legal team and the state of Georgia over whether his execution should be blocked.

The court's decision to deny the stay came without comment after 10 p.m.

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