Protesters held out hope as supporters filed a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court to halt the execution of death row inmate Troy Davis, who was scheduled to die Sept. 21 for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty Savannah, Ga., police officer. The stay was denied and Davis was executed at 11:08 p.m.
Davis had convinced hundreds of thousands of people he was innocent, but no court was willing to overturn his conviction.
Execution sparks backlash
In his final moments, as Davis was strapped to a gurney in the death chamber, he nodded slightly to his attorney, and then made a statement saying he was not responsible for the 1989 slaying of Mark MacPhail. “I am innocent. The incident that happened that night is not my fault,” Davis said. Davis told his supporters to “continue to fight the fight.” Read article here >