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Convict Troy Davis Has Been Executed

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Injustice is served.

Yesterday, we were thrilled to see how many people were taking a stand and speaking out in an attempt to save 42-year-old Georgia native/death row convict Troy Davis from the death penalty.

As a reminder, Troy was accused of killing Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989, but many believe there was too much doubt to warrant an execution.

Unfortunately, in the end Troy Davis could not escape the death penalty, and he died last night at 11:08 p.m.

The execution had been delayed four hours to give time for Supreme Court to rule on Davis' stay request, but they ruled against him, even though his supporters claim that "seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony."

Here's an account of Troy Davis' final moments, from execution witness Jon Lewis of WSB radio:

"(Davis) made a statement in which he said…'Despite the situation you're in, (I) was not the one who did it.' He said he was not personally responsible for what happened that night, that he did not have a gun. He said to the family that he was sorry for their loss, but also said that he did not take their son, father, brother."

"He said to them to dig deeper into this case, to find out the truth. He asked his family and friends to keep praying, to keep working, to keep the faith. And then he said to the prison staff, the ones he said 'are going to take my life,'…'May God have mercy on your souls,' and his last words to them (were), 'May God bless your souls.'"

Here's a further account of Troy Davis' final moments from witness Rhonda Cook, a reporter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper:

"[Davis said] the incident that night was not my fault. I did not have gun. And that’s when he told his friends to continue the fight and 'look deeper into this case so you can really find the truth.'"

We have a feeling that many Americans' faith in our justice system has been shaken after this…and rightfully so.

Very, very sad.

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54 comments to “Convict Troy Davis Has Been Executed”

  1. 1

    Interesting. Casey Anthony was found "Not Guilty" because of reasonable doubt. Davis was found guilty in spite of reasonable doubt.

  2. 2

    God damn your such a stupid fucking gay bastard. How was "injustice" served. You don't know, you have no clue, your just jumping on the bandwagon of the hot issue in hollywood. Your so damn fake. He was convicted of killing a cop. Maybe he is innocent, but claiming unequivically that "injustice" was served is fucking stupid. Fuck off ya kiddie toucher.

  3. 3

    You have this wrong - I live near Savannah and this man was most certainly guilty. You do not know the facts and are listening to ridiculous loons who are making up facts. A cop killer is dead which is justice. He can't kill anyone else. Please do the homework before you go making judgments based on lies and misinformation.

  4. 4


    Steer clear of such heavy topics
    I think most followers of your site, want to be amused,this is not funny
    Go back to drawing dicks, and cum running out of the mouth of Jennifer Anderson

  5. 5

    Although I don't think he should have been put to death, you really should find the facts about things before reporting them. The media has spun this story to make this guy look like a saint. He shot someone else earlier in the night, he was clearly at least there when the murder happened..why didn't he just say who did it if he was innocent? I do think putting him to death was wrong, if there is every ANY doubt we should not be putting people to death. And in all honesty i think in most cases the death penalty puts people out of their misery instead of letting them rot in jail.

  6. 6

    You don't have a god damned clue what you're talking about Mario. Injustice? You wish. If you don't have faith in our legal system then you have no faith in our country, so GET THE FUCK OUT. You're jumping on the hot issue of the moment in your typical uninformed, ignorant style; this is what happens when an uneducated HACK deludes himself into believing that he has something worthwhile to say when he does NOT. You, Mario, are a loser.

  7. 7

    This confirms what a lot of people around the world think of you guys in the US…you live like 2 centuries ago. Such a shame. Wondering what Tony Benett"s thinking right now…

  8. 8

    All murders, rapist and attempted murders should be executed.

  9. 9

    What BULLSHIT!

    Whether you are against the death penalty are not (personally, I have very mixed feelings about it), there is NO DOUBT that Troy Davis is a murderer. None. There was not one witness that said Davis shot that police officer. There were not two witnesses who said they saw Davis shoot him. There were 34 witnesses that identified Davis as the shooter. They also found a pair of Davis' shorts covered in the blood of his victim.

    Davis shot and murdered that cop– and that cop was trying to stop Davis from beating a homeless man to death.

    He's guilty. He went through every appeal, including an appeal to the US Supreme Court. They all found him guilty.

    They all found him guilty because he is guilty.

  10. 10

    We would save a lot of money if we would just GET R DONE, right after he was sentenced to DIE!!!! They should have a picnic table for six at a time…..
    I am going to try to re-frame myself by going off on these people who defend these scumbags.They just jump on the bandwagon without knowing the facts. Just like the other scumbag who went down last week. The more you dig the more you find out they have a VERY big hand in it then they make it out to be.. EVERY TIME!!!!
    This site shows me that there is A LOT of followers and LESS leaders on this world.. The ones that agree with PEZ every word and comments!! Same people that voted for a President because he lead with the word changes and you ALL followed the wolf…

  11. 11

    Re: PMfrenchy – Yeah, 2 centuries ago, until you need us, then you come a crawlin. Just because in the UK you get "life" sentences and are released in 20 years, or how bout the 2 gang members who murdered a boy that moved to the neiborhood and did about 10 years between them. Anyway, talk shit all you want, but in this country, in some states, if you kill a cop, you get the honor of following him to the grave.

  12. 12

    Just the fact that he was there and he's got a long wrap sheet is enough to convince me to exterminate this pest on society, thanks!

  13. 13

    You are an idiot. He was not ACCUSED but CONVICTED of murder.
    Do you have any sympathy for the family of the person he murdered. It is disgusting when Celebrities or so called celebrities use there power to stick their nose in business that is none of theirs. This man killed a police officer and should pay the price.

  14. 14

    I hate the fucking polic.

  15. 15

    Re: PMfrenchy – Always caring about what everybody else thinks. Who gives a shit what Tony B and the world thinks!! Have you ever left your town and travel the world. Brazil cops would have dragged him behind the car and shot the guy in the head. Other Countries: Beheading, Hung etc are you for real!!!!! This country serves killers three meals a day if cold he gets a blanket, hey my tooth hurts, free dental.. Get a fucking life you stupid pieces of shit!!!!! The prisons are filled to the seams! You got an extra bedroom in your house or your moms where you probably live??? Step up jerk offs, offer them free board and meals at your house!!!!

  16. 16

    People writting RIP.. Fuck U!! Re: PMfrenchy – Burn in hell scumbag!!!

  17. 17

    Re: PMfrenchy – I can see you dont live in this Country!! Frenchfrie. Please dont tell us your FRENCH!! LOL!!!!!

  18. 18

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  19. 19

    You said NOTHING yesterday

  20. 20

    Re: PMfrenchy – You speak like an AMERICAN!

  21. 21

    Be careful Perez…your knees are going to go out if you keep jumping on all these bandwagons.

  22. 22

    I'm sorry, but you need to read anything about the story to know he was in fact guilty.
    In one night, Troy Davis shot a man in his car and was identified by that man. Later in a crowded Burger King parking lot after he pistol whipped a vagrant and a cop yelled at him to stop, he ran, for a second, before changing his mind and turned around and shot the cop. He then walked over to the cop's body and shot him again, SMILING. read that again. This was testified to by 34 people. YES. 34 people testified that they saw him do it. Not 9. Among the 34 were 3 members of the airforce that were in the drive thru and saw the whole thing. They never wavered from their recounting of the incident. The couple of people who did change their story AFTER pressure from the defense were friends of Troy. That's right, his own friends had testified he in fact was the man who shot the cop.

    It takes a lot of evidence to be convicted and sentenced to death, and he was.

    The only injustice here is that 20 years ago a total asshole killed a man.

    Stick to what you know and leave real news to people willing to do some research. This story is irresponsible.

  23. 23

    I am shocked by all this hate and eagerness to kill. Yes, he was convicted, but 7 out of 9 people who testified against him later recanted their testimony. Of the two remaining, one is the man who admitted having the gun, and has many more people testifying that he was actually the one who pulled the trigger. There was reasonable doubt, and there was never any DNA or physical evidence that linked troy to the crime. I am deeply saddened that this man was executed. Murdering people to show murder is wrong? Does that make sense to anyone? Do you know there are only five countries in the world that commit 90 percent of the world's executions? What are those five countries? US, pakistan, china, saudi arabia, and iran. that's some nice company we're in there. whether or not you are opposed to capital punishment, it is a travesty of justice to execute a man when there is reasonable doubt. where are all the christians in this supposedly christian country? do you guys remember that old line "thou shalt not kill"? what, do you think that doesn't apply to you? because i don't remember there being an "except" after thou shalt not kill. nope, i'm pretty sure it just said thou shalt not kill. just sayin.

  24. 24

    Funny, coming from the same person that said we should accept Casey Anthony's verdict because that's what the jury decided. Just because he's not the one who shot the gun, doesn't mean he didn't commit a crime. You're so hot and cold with your views on the justice system and I really think you should keep your thoughts to yourself.

  25. 25

    Re: justbrowsing – We're part of the "Christian Country" that believes in an "Eye for an Eye" I believe you'll find that in the same book! BOOM

  26. 26

    I was just a child when this happened so I paid no attention to it at the time and I'm not an expert on the case but from what I've read, the man at least deserved a new trial. When it's a question of the death penalty, I think anytime there's even a little doubt. 7 out of 9 people recanted (I'm not quite sure the 34 people are talking about…) and one that didn't recant is one that is now being pointed at as the person who did do it, so I'm not quite sure he's the best witness. Plus, half the testimonies were "white shirt, dark pants"…that's hardly very descriptive. I'm not saying he's innocent, I've hardly read enough about the case to know for sure, but I think anytime you're talking about the death penalty, it's better to be sure you have the right person.

  27. 27

    If you have such a problem with our justice system, move somewhere else. Try somewhere in the middle east that stones or kills people for being gay… How would that be? Yeah, I guess our system ain't so bad afterall…

    This guy was convicted, and the case has been looked at two more times since. So some prisoner comes forward and takes credit to get some attention, and libs like Perez take his word for it…like a life long criminal would not be capable of telling a lie…

    The most humurous part about all this is that most of the people screaming "Don't Kill Him!' are the same people that are pro choice. They don't want to kill convicted murderer's, but are perfectly fine with killing innocent babies… That is progressive ideology for ya. It's flat out creepy.

  28. 28

    Do you know anything about this man? He was NOT a good person. You're probably not aware but he was tied to ANOTHER murder that SAME NIGHT. He was tried and retried in MULTIPLE courts and every single judge found him guilty. Obviously for a reason. Get a clue.

  29. 29

    Re: pdrocksmysocks – please educate yourself before spouting off more garbage that you obviously don't know anything about. 34 people testified against him. and it wasn't "some guy in a white shirt and dark pants". A lot of them were people who knew him personally.

  30. 30

    Wtf took so long to whack this spear chucker?? I hope 10 skinheads r ramming this pathetic cop killing niglet in hell….burn burn BURN!!!!!

  31. 31

    PH.com-If you are unwilling to take the time to research your topic, you should probably aviod attempting to report on actual news.

  32. 32

    Do you know anything about this man? He was NOT a good person. You're probably not aware but he was tied to ANOTHER shooting that SAME NIGHT. He was tried and retried in MULTIPLE courts and every single judge found him guilty. Obviously for a reason. Get a clue.

  33. 33

    I'm glad to see that there are people who actually pay attention to the news and the facts and not just jump on the bandwagon/liberal views. This man was guilty and not just guilty for this one murder. Justice was finally served!! And I hope that the victims' families may finally have some peace. Perez maybe you should be so quick to pick a side especially when it's a side that is incorrect!!! get your facts straight next time! Justice was finally served!!

  34. 34

    Perez is just race baiting!

    Troy Davis (African American) convicted and put to death by the state of Georgia for killing a police officer Mark Macphail (white). And Perez says injustice!

    But over in Texas last night, the state put to death convicted murder Lawrence Brewer (white) for killing James Byrd (African American). Where is the injustice here Perez?

    In the same night, two death row inmates are put to death and Perez only thinks it's in justice for the African American killer! This just lets you know how biased he is!

  35. 35

    I will refrain from making a statement about this case in particular as I am not aware of the details here, but how about considering a complete ban of capital punishment in the USA? After all, isn't spending an open-ended amount of time in jail far more difficult than the 'escape' provided by lethal injection? Wouldn't this better satisfy the 'need' for justice? This way, the American people would not have blood on their hands for executing innocent people, and it is very well documented that innocent people have been executed in this country. This is our collective burden of guilt to carry …

  36. 36

    Note to self, don't shoot cops in Georgia - can kill children Florida.

  37. 37

    Why is this and many other non-gossip/celebrity related posts on perezhilton.com??? $click$, $click$, $click$, $click$, $click$, $click$, $click$. It's the only way he can get page views. All the gossip he does post is days late. Perez sucks.

    Hey Perez, If you have "changed" why don't you edit/delete all your previous bullying posts?

  38. 38

    Why does is there a difference between killing a law enforcer and a civilian? Had the cop been a "regular" person Davis would have just got life, why did he have to die just because the person he was convicted of killing had a job that anyone can apply for? Save the death penalty for serial killers, child killers and extreme cases of torture, imprisonment etc.

  39. 39

    well, he's black, the system would everything and anything possible in order to execute him. America for the White!!!

  40. 40

    Re: smithygirl – Brewer tied Byrd to the back of a truck and dragged him along the road until he died in a racially motivated assault where there was no reasonable doubt surrounding his guilt… Quite different circumstances.

  41. 41

    Please read up on the facts of the case before painting this guy as some sort of wide-eyed innocent. He wasn't. The media has been trying to make it seem as if he was some sweetie pie who was put to death for nothing more than being at the wrong place at the wrong time. He wasn't. He was a cold, heartless, and extremely violent criminal, who had NO PROBLEM hurting and killing people in the past. He was convicted of the crime based on the full weight of the evidence, and he was punished accordingly. Imagine how it would feel to have someone you love be murdered by someone like him, and then have to sit and watch the media turn their killer into a fucking saint. Enough sticking up for assholes like him! How about sticking up for the police officers who risk their lives to protect you from people LIKE him?

  42. 42

    Re: WhyCantILeaveComments – I am familiar with both cases. As emotional as both cases are, it is sad that one garnishes more public sympathy to the victim than the other(all victims deserve public sympathy). It's a shame a murdered police officer is not seen as sympathetically as the dragging victim!) Justice should be blind, as it was, and therefore both crimes where capital murder, both defendants were found guilty, and both were executed. In the eyes of the law justice was served. Your opinion is irrelevant to the Judicial System.

  43. 43

    The dude did it? If you look into the facts of the case you'll see that all of the people that are recanting their testimony are the people that turned Troy in 20 years ago. They don't want blood on their hands but they know he did it. They aren't fully recanting either, they're just taking back bits and pieces to create confusion but they make no sense. If you study this case you can see that he it was proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he did this murder. He fled the next day and everything…

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  45. 45

    Re: CaliCoyote – LMAO!!!

  46. 46

    Re: Alexima – Your the new problem in this Country!! Never read the WHOLE story about this case and want to throw the Black-White out!! ASSWIPE!!
    Just like the military: Nobody cares about your sexual preference whether you are straight or gay. Its the fucking MILITARY!! This is going to backfire on your fucking asses!!! This new world that everybody needs to know your gay is CRAZY!!
    You people read the headlines and NOTHING else and throw your opinion out like your REALLY somebody with no proof!! This why:
    Success is uncommon there it wont be enjoyed by the common man!!!!
    Become leaders and stop being FOLLOWERS!!!! I am glad some of you are leaders here but most are a bunch of scumbag followers with worthless opinions on stuff they know nothing but is told to them by someone else!!!

  47. 47

    Re: WhyCantILeaveComments – REALLY!!! Hurry up and get me my frenchfries… Dumbshit!!!

  48. 48

    Yet Casey Anthony and a bitch who who killed her twin babies all are free. Ridiculous.

  49. 49

    Also that guy named Red Sylvester he bragged about killing the police officer. And like someone said how can he see a guys face(Troys) 20 feet away at 1:00 a.m. it was dark outside. Why did that guy brag about it. There are SO MANY things that are proof Red Sylvester(?) did it yet he's free. SIGH.

  50. 50

    Re: MarkEFried – Why did Red Sylvester(?) brag about him doing it? If Troy murdered that cop? How do YOU KNOW, that that's the reason why they are saying Troy didn't do it? Where's your proof that's the reason? Quit assuming.

  51. 51

    Re: hoochpit – You r such a nasty mouth…Do u read and comment to hear your own keys click? I thought u said u were done here!! BE DONE!

  52. 52

    Re: smithtastic – Thank you. You confirmed what I suspected about the witness recanting their story. You have to give him credit for dragging it out so long. Most people don't want to die. However, since there was some questions about the case "doubt" he shouldn't have been executed just yet. imo I'm not for the death penalty because I think you just put them to peace. I think they should live and suffer. Also small chance someone might be innocent.

  53. 53

    This type of case is exactly why CIVILISED countries do not have the death penalty, one wrongly executed person is one too many! I can't comment on this specific case but I do know when it comes to murder of police officers, or any high profile case, sometimes the police are a little too keen to go for the easiest or most obvious suspect, instead of digging deeper. I fail to understand why a so-called Christian country thinks that the death penalty is appropriate, if you truly believe then send them to prison and let god judge (I'm an athiest personally), whether you do or you don't believe, you should be VERY clear what you are doing when you use the death penalty - it is NOT justice it IS revenge, pure and simple, and what does that say about you?

  54. 54

    Re: Manda756 – Eye for an eye is part of the OLD testament which has far more to do with Judaism than Christianity, Jesus did not preach revenge killings in any way shape or form!