After the U.S. Supreme Court issued two execution stays in as many weeks, it declined to intervene in the execution of Troy Davis, a Georgia inmate convicted of shooting and killing an off-duty police officer in 1989.
Davis was executed last night, despite his claims of innocence, the recanted testimony of witnesses from his trial, and legions of supporters across the globe including former President Jimmy Carter. Prosecutors maintain that Davis repeatedly shot and killed off-duty officer Mark MacPhail in a fast food restaurant parking lot.
The Supreme Court denied Davis 11th hour request for a stay. According to the Associated Press, before he was administered a lethal injection, Davis said: “I am innocent. The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun.”