Troy Davis (Credit: Georgia Department of Corrections, File)
Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis was executed at 11:08 p.m. ET Wednesday for the 1989 slaying of Officer Mark MacPhail after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal.
Davis’ lawyers have long argued their client was a victim of mistaken identity.
Witnesses placed Davis at the crime scene and identified him as the shooter, but several of them have recanted their accounts and some jurors have said they’ve changed their minds about his guilt. Others have claimed a man who was with Davis that night has told people he actually shot the officer.
Below is the timeline of events.
11:08 Davis pronounced dead.
10:57 State Attorney Generals office notifies MacPhail’s mother Anneliese “[Davis] is on the gurney, the needle is in.”
10:52 ORDER IN PENDING CASE 11A317 DAVIS, ANTHONY TROY V. HUMPHREY, WARDEN
The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied.
The reaction on social platforms surged leading up to and after the announcement with many comparing the situation to that of Casey Anthony:
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