Strapped to a gurney in Georgia’s death chamber, Troy Davis lifted his head and declared one last time that “he did not kill police officer Mark MacPhail”. Yet the state of GA still executed him and he was pronounced dead at 11:08 PM.
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 and ultimately denied Troy Davis a stay.
Justice Clarence Thomas resides over the GA jurisdiction, so I knew Davis didn’t have a chance.
Outside the prison, a crowd of more than 500 demonstrators cried, hugged, prayed and held candles. They represented hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide who took up the anti-death penalty cause as Davis’ final days ticked away.
MacPhail’s family (the cop who was killed in 1989) was relieved, they feel justice has been served.
MacPhail’s mother, Anneliese MacPhail, said in a telephone in an interview from her home in Columbus, Ga. “All the feelings of relief and peace I’ve been waiting for all these years, they will come later. I certainly do want some peace.” She then dismissed Davis’ claims of innocence. “He’s been telling himself that for 22 years…You know how it is, he can talk himself into anything.”
The McPhail family was relieved and feel justice had been served? Yet killing Troy Davis will not bring their loved one back. Why kill Troy Davis? Why not let him live out his life in prison?
Davis’ execution had been halted three times since 2007 but on September 21, 2011 his fight for justice ended when he was executed however, his family has a long fight ahead as they continue the fight and Troy’s last wishes to find the truth in this case.
Troy Davis said to the prion officials about to take his life “May God have mercy on your souls”.