The Troy Davis execution took place Wednesday, 11:08 PM. Just before the GA inmate was put to death by lethal injection, his last words were to officer Mark MacPhail's family. What did he say to them?
As he lay strapped to the gurney that would double as his deathbed, Davis reaffirmed his innocence in the killing of the off-duty officer in 1989.
While some death row inmates have made last-minute guilty pleas, hoping for leniency or closure, Troy Davis did no such thing.
According to ABC News, with just moments before the lethal injection solution would stop the condemned man's heart, he lifted his head and addressed the dead officer's family:
I'd like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I'm not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent.
Nowhere else has this denial of involvement in the killing resonated than with the alleged seven witnesses who recanted their testimonies. The Troy Davis execution by lethal injection will probably set a precedent in the judicial system for future capital punishment cases.
One or two witnesses: no big deal. However, when there is an overwhelming number (seven of nine), this should be enough for "reasonable doubt" to take a closer look. It was not.
The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun. All I can ask... is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth.
He finally asked family and friends to keep searching for justice and the killer of officer Mark MacPhail. Finally, his very last words were to the prison officials preparing to carry out the order of execution by lethal injection. He asked God to have "mercy on their souls."
Then, at 11:08 PM, inmate Troy Anthony Davis was dead. Was it a victory for capital punishment and the death penalty in the United States? Or did the system claim the life of another victim in the Troy Davis execution?