Troy Davis Executed Despite Doubts About His Guilt

Despite valiant efforts from social groups, supporters and even a former president, Troy Davis was put to death yesterday (Sept 21) evening.

Numerous witnesses supporting his innocence and a lack of evidence linking Davis to the murder of a police officer in 1989 weren’t enough to spare his life. Davis offered some last words to the family of slain police officer Mark MacPhail.

“I want to talk to the MacPhail family,” he said. “I was not responsible for what happened that night. I did not have a gun. I was not the one who took the life of your father, son, brother.”

He also addressed his friends and family and told them to “keep the faith.” Troy Davis was administered with a triple lethal injection of pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, and at 11.08pm he was pronounced dead.

Troy was actively seeking an appeal up until the time of his death. A Georgia judge refused an appeal, then the state supreme court followed suit. However, the delay was only temporary and at around 10.15pm the court ruled that the execution should go ahead.

The decision was backed by the MacPhail family. “He [Davis] had all the chances in the world,” the officer’s mother, Anneliese MacPhail, told the Associated Press. “It has got to come to an end.”

Our prayers go out to the Davis family.

Was justice served?

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