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This Day in Georgia History

September 21, 2011

Troy Davis Executed

Troy Anthony Davis was executed by lethal injection for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. Davis maintained his innoncence until the end; his case had gained international notoriety with dignitaries such as former President Jimmy Carter and the pope asking that Davis be granted clemency. His defenders maintained another man on the scene with Davis had actually pulled the trigger of the gun that killed MacPhail, and cited changes in witness testimony as evidence. Prosecutors and MacPhail’s family insisted Davis was guilty of the crime. He had faced near-execution several times, but had been reprieved after appeals by attorneys working on his behalf. A final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied and the execution process begun; Davis was declared dead at 11:08 PM on the evening of September 22, 2011.