Supreme Court Denies Troy Davis’ Stay of Execution

September 22, 2011  |  

MSNBC is reporting that the Supreme Court has denied the stay of execution for Georgia inmate, Troy Davis.

Davis was convicted of killing off duty police officer, Mark MacPhail in 1989. Although he was convicted in 1989, over the course of 22 years, 7 of the 9 witnesses of the crime recanted their testimony and 3 of the jurors said they would have made a different decision if they knew then what they know now.

Davis was supposed to be executed tonight at 7 pm but his lawyers submitted a last minute plea to the Supreme Court and at 7:05 the court announced that they would grant a temporary stay while the court decided whether or not to grant a permanent stay until they could retry the case. This has been the fourth time his lawyers have requested a stay.

There are no legal avenues Davis’ legal team can take at this time. He is scheduled to be executed tonight.

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