Troy Davis Executed Despite Controversy, Protests, Doubts Over Guilt

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Just before Troy Davis was executed last night for killing police officer Mark MacPhail more than 20 years ago, he professed his innocence one last time.

The Georgia man's controversial case had become a cause celebre in recent days, as a crowd of over 500 cried, hugged, prayed and held candles.

They represented hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide who took up the anti-death penalty cause as Troy Davis' final days ticked away.

"I am innocent," Davis said Wednesday, minutes before his death.

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"All I can ask ... is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth. I ask my family and friends to continue this fight."

Prosecutors and MacPhail's family were stoic but said that justice had finally been served, while dismissing questions regarding Davis' innocence.

Davis was scheduled to die at 7 p.m., but the hour came and went as the U.S. Supreme Court apparently weighed the case, halting the execution.

More than three hours later, the high court said it wouldn't intervene. The justices did not comment on the order rejecting Davis' request for a stay.

Davis' execution had been halted three times since 2007.

The U.S. Supreme Court even gave Davis an unusual opportunity to prove his innocence in a lower court last year. While the nation's top court didn't hear the case, they did set a tough standard for Davis to exonerate himself.

They ruled his attorneys must "clearly establish" Davis' innocence - a higher bar to meet than prosecutors having to prove guilt. After the hearing, a lower court judge ruled in prosecutors' favor, and the justices didn't take up the case.

After that setback, hundreds of thousands of people signed petitions on Davis' behalf and he amassed a number of prominent supporters.

Seven of nine key witnesses against him disputed all or parts of their testimony, but state and federal judges repeatedly ruled against him.

Three times on Wednesday alone, in fact.

Davis' supporters staged vigils in the U.S. and Europe in the last few days, declaring "I am Troy Davis" on signs, T-shirts and the Internet.

Some tried increasingly frenzied measures, urging prison workers to stay home and even posting a judge's phone number online, hoping people would press him to put a stop to the lethal injection of the man.

President Barack Obama deflected calls for him to get involved.

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This is a situation very similar to a book I just read by Nicholas Sparks named "The Confession". If this man is innocent like he was holding true to, it is a very sad day. I for one am sorry that justice has failed him.

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Well if was meant for him to live then his lawyers would have found something that proved he didn't do it. They all this time while he was in jail and they found nothing. They only person who really knows is Troy Davis and I guess that is something that he took to his grave. But if it was a white man that was going to be executed for something that he didn't do, do you think that people who be acting a fool and protesting like they did for Troy Davis. So all of yall that are saying RIP to him are acting like complete fools. Only GOD and Troy know the truth but I am sure glad that there was some justice done for the family of the officer. Now they can have the peace that they have hoping for, for so long.

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1st off...R.I.P. Troy!! & 2nd of all, im an african american, & i do hate wen ppl say its a black/white situation, but n this case, i have 2 agree. & i mean vs Casey(murderer)Anthony. Troy's case:they even said they had NO physical evid. tying him 2 this crime.(& i kno 4 a fact,sum ppl r @ the wrong place @ the wrong time)& i think that was his case. Casey's case: look how much evidence they had that ALL lead bak 2 her...i mean our justice system is designed 2 f*ck us(jmo). F i lost a loved 1, i want them 2 find the RIGHT killer, not blame it on whoever they can. Like sum1 above said 'they have2 blame it on sum1' & that is the problem. Well, yall kno the saying,its 3 sides 2 every story, & i hope we still find out the truth. & then i hope like hell Troy didnt do it & lets c wut happens 2 all that prosecuted him!!!

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Wat i dont get is tht our justice system will condem an innocent man to death but let casey anthony off free when the evidence clearly shown her guilty. I no longer try to understand why our justic system makes some of the stupidest decions.......

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I usually dont comment on this stuff but all of ur comments disturb me...why does it have to b a black/white thing AGAIN I mean come on either he did it and got his due r he didnt do it and was wronged no matter what color he is. The problem today is everyone is more worried bout color than truths. And regardless to popular opinion its not only white people that r prejudice there is just as much Black on white racism as white on black, and dont give me that crap that If he was white he would not have died b/c white gets executed to. So shut up the man lost his life for allegedly taking another mans life bottom line, end of story. No colors involved but RED

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How does everyone know he is innocent,because he says he was. Reallky people give me a freaking break. If it was a white person it wouldn't be a big deal, but because he is black he didn't deserve to die. Nobody knows what the truth is and probably never will because our court system in a mess, but let me tell everyone out there that so upset that he was executed, if it was your husband, son, or child that was taken before his time you wouldn't feel so bad for the person that was sentenced to death. You have to stop and think about that family and put yourself in their shoes. So their is no need to get your panties in a bunch about something that you cannot change. I believe if you take someone's life before their time you deserve to have your life taken as well!!!!!!

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Wow..SMH R.I.P Troy!!!!!

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Wow...so how are all these court officials going to feel if and when the case breaks open and they realize they executed an innocent man? This justice system in America is just wrong to some degree. If you're going to execute someone...at least make sure there is 100% certainty that they committed the crime.

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My guess is that black people and democrats will again not show up at the polls when a man who celebrates dead, executed innocents is running for office.

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Smh so sad r.i.p Troy Davis

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