Sep 21, 2011

Executed: No stay of execution for condemned Georgia man whose guilt is in question

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay of execution for Troy Davis after a delay to weigh 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 after 10 p.m. ET, more than three hours after Davis' execution originally was scheduled today. The court did not comment on its decision.
The execution by lethal injection was expected to occur by 11 p.m. ET Wednesday evening.

There had been doubts about this man's guilt after several eyewitnesses recanted that they'd seen him kill a Georgia off duty policeman.

MOre details on the case from the AP.

MSNBC reports that because of the unavailability of a fatal cocktail normally used for executions--now no longer made in the US, Georgia is using a drug normally used to put down domestic pets.

MSNBC and CNN ran continual coverage on the protest outside a Georgia prison; Fox ran a lower screen crawl of the Supreme Court decision but went ahead with recorded repeats of their regular programs.

Witnesses at the execution heard his dying declaration that he wasn't the one who actually killed the Georgia off duty officer for which he was found guilty.    Strapped to the geurney before the chemicals were injected, Davis said to the officers' family that he was not responsible for the death of their brother, father.  He had previously asked his own family and friends to dig deeper into the case to show that he was telling the truth.

Davis was pronounced dead at 10:08 central time.   The son and brother of the slain officer seemed satisfied by smiling, as described by journalists.  

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