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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