Toledo protestors try to delay GA execution, prisoner still executed
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 01:43:01 GMT —
Protestors held up signs outside the courthouse in downtown Toledo, on Wednesday, to oppose the execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis.
22-years ago, Davis was convicted of killing off-duty Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail.
The convicted killer was scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, but that was temporarily put off after an appeal was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
As the 7 p.m. drew near, Georgia prison officials delayed the execution awaiting a decision from the high court.
At 11:08 p.m. Davis was executed after the court failed to rule in his favor.
Until his death, supporters claimed Davis was innocent and said they were hoping the convict would get a second chance.
We're opposed to the death penalty number one. People should be allowed to redeem themselves and they can do that in prison. It's not up to us whether they should live or they should die said Fred Moor, the organizer of the Davis protest in Toledo.
World leaders including former President Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI were both in support of keeping Davis alive.
According to the AP, Davis maintained his innocence until the very end, saying he did not kill the off-duty officer in 1989.
Davis made his final statement as he was strapped to a gurney.
Davis told the family of Officer Mark MacPhail that he did not kill their son, father and brother.
He said the incident was not his fault and he didn't have a gun.