The long fight of trying to keep Troy Davis alive ended on September 21st at 11:00PM which drewÂ nationalÂ attentionÂ through out the United States
As reported by CNN, Troy Davis, whose case drew international attention, was put to death by lethal injection for the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer in Savannah, Georgia, prison officials announced Wednesday night.Â Davis was defiant to the very end. After he was strapped to the death gurney, he lifted his head to address the family of the slain officer. Â He told the family of Mark MacPhail that he was not responsible for the officer’s death and did not have a gun at the time, according to execution witnesses.
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According to state witnesses, when asked if he had anything to say, Davis raised his head, looked at the MacPhail family and said, â€œI am sorry for your loss.â€
Before prison nurses began the administration of the lethal drug cocktail, Davis said to prison officials, â€œFor those about to take my life, may God have mercy on your souls.â€
He told MacPhailâ€™s 22-year-old son and Uncle, â€œI did not take your son, father, brother. I did not have a gun.â€
To his family and supporters, Davis said, â€œlook deeper into this case so you can really find the truth.â€
As the anesthesia coursed into his veins, Davis yawned and blinked twice before losing consciousness. Nurses then administered a muscle relaxant to cease his breathing, followed by potassium chloride to stop his heart. The entire process lasted about 15 minutes.
Throughout the day, Davis’ lawyers and high-profile supporters had asked the state and various courts to intervene, arguing he did not murder MacPhail in 1989. Â Davis initially had been scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. ET. But the proceeding was delayed more than three hours as the justices pondered a plea filed by his attorney. Â Several hundred people, most of them opposing the proceeding, gathered outside the state prison in Jackson where Davis, 42, awaited his fate. Others held a vigil in a nearby church.
More than 100 officers, many in riot gear, stood guard over the largely-quiet gathering, which featured candles, occasional prayers and songs. At least three people who crossed the street had been taken away in handcuffs.
“Tonight the state of Georgia legally lynched an innocent man,” Davis’ lawyer Thomas Ruffin Jr. said. “Tonight I witnessed something tragic.”
Davis’ supporters, who also rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court building, argued that his conviction was based on the testimony of numerous witnesses who had recanted, including a jailhouse informer who claimed Davis had confessed.
On Tuesday morning, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency forÂ TroyÂ Davis,
It was the fourth time in as many years thatÂ TroyÂ DavisÂ has faced execution. Barring a last-minute intervention by the US Supreme Court, which is highly unlikely, the state of Georgia will send a man to his death under conditions where the overwhelming preponderance of evidence points to his innocence.
The ruling outragedÂ Davisâ€™s supporters, who gathered in demonstrations in Georgia and elsewhere Tuesday to protest the boardâ€™s decision. More than a million people signed petitions demanding the halt to the execution, and the demand for clemency had been supported by a wide range of figures, including former president Jimmy Carter, the Pope and former FBI director William Sessions.