For 20 years, death row inmate Troy Davis maintained that he’s an innocent man. Yet, just after 11 p.m. Wednesday, he was executed by lethal injection.
Earlier, there seemed to be some hope for Davis and his supporters.
At 7 p.m. — the intended time of his death — a crowd outside the Jackson, Ga., prison where he was being held erupted in cheers.
The execution was delayed for a fifth time, due to a last-minute plea for the Supreme Court to intervene.
But about four hours later, the justices rejected Davis’ appeal, and the execution went forward. At 11:08 p.m. Troy Anthony Davis was pronounced dead.
A Long Journey
Davis, 42, was described by family pastor Rev. Raphael Warnock as a “man of deep faith” who considered his decades-long fight a “spiritual journey.”
Davis was convicted in 1991 of killing off-duty Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail.
Eyewitness testimony was primarily the deciding factor. But that evidence was called into question over the years after seven of nine key witnesses recanted their statements.
“The incident that night was not my fault. I did not have a gun,” Davis said in the death chamber Wednesday before the process began.
He urged his family to keep praying and, “Look deeper in this case so that you can really find the truth.”
“(To the MacPhails) I did not personally kill your son, father and brother. I am innocent,” Davis added.
He then turned to those about to take his life saying, “May God have mercy on your soul.”
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SOURCE: CBN News