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Ga. Cop Killer Executed, Proclaims Innocence From Gurney

September 21, 2011  | 

Moments before state-administered lethal drugs ended his life, the man convicted of killing a Savannah police officer proclaimed his innocence from a gurney and asked for mercy for those about to kill him.

Troy Davis, who was pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m., also asked friends and supporters to continue working to learn the truth of officer Mark Allen MacPhail's death.

Corrections officials inserted the needle into Davis at 10:57 p.m., according to a timeline published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Davis' application for a stay, allowing the execution to proceed.

Earlier in the day, Georgia authorities denied Davis' request to take a polygraph test. On Tuesday, Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Davis.

Davis was convicted in 1991 of the 1989 murder of officer MacPhail. "I'd like to have some peace, now that it's over," MacPhail's mother Anneliese told CNN after the execution.

Georgia was scheduled to use the sedative pentobarbital in the cocktail of lethal drugs given to Davis. In April, the state shifted to the drug, after federal regulators seized its stockpile of sodium thiopental.

Georgia purchased the sedative from Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, which manufactures the drug in the U.S. under the tradename Nembutal. Lundbeck now demands that its U.S. distributors sign an agreement stating that they will not make pentobarbital available for prisons using it for lethal injections, reports The Guardian.

Sources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Guardian.


Ga. Authorities Reject Troy Davis' Polygraph Request

Parole Board Denies Clemency for Ga. Cop Killer

Georgia Swaps Lethal Injection Drug

Comments (31)

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TimFromLA @ 9/22/2011 1:00 AM

Imagine if he were? Imagine if the detectives who were overworked, under-paid, and pressured to get a conviction and slipped? It's a normal human reaction. No imagine after intensive research and the true murderer shows up? What will happen to the detectives who said it was Troy? Should not doubt be a good enough measuring gauge to make sure that the detectives handling a case would not feel responsible for the murder of an innocent person.

What about the executed here? As LEOs, if you found out you made a mistake, would you say: Oh well, it's part of the job or would you panic?

Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.

Greg @ 9/22/2011 3:31 AM

Imagine if a killer ever admitted, "Yep, I killed em'".

Imagine the same group of bottom feeders supporting Mummia weren't also supporting Davis. Amazing how the same socialists/evil/international lowlifes come out of the woodwork when it comes to supporting evil.

Imagine if the killer supporters weren't always screaming racism when one of their bretherin is caught and convicted.

Imagine 20 years after conviction when the sentence is finally carried out the same lowlifes wouldn't be screaming, "Why the rush to punish?!"

Oh well, great news to wake up to this morning.

John @ 9/22/2011 5:50 AM

I doubt the wrong man was executed at all. 1 less piece of trash!

Jim @ 9/22/2011 5:56 AM

His trial was 20 years ago, if his legal team could not come up with evidence in 20 years, maybe some of the blame should go to them. Also, the officer was an innocent victim, doing his job, trying to protect the citizens. Why is it that those who rush to the side of the accused, forget entirely about the victims and their families. Alot of the accused have criminal histories, many for violent crimes. Yes, there can be some "innocent people" convicted of a crime but it is a system run by humans. Those that complain about the "system" should be out there educating people as to the whole purpose of the legal system, to punish those that do not abide by the laws set forth to protect the people that are good citizens! The true problem is that the victim's family had to wait 20 years for the sentence to be carried out!!!

Donald @ 9/22/2011 5:58 AM

Even if he wasn't guilty, he was a criminal. I know some of the officers who investigated the case,and it was not rushed. He fleed the scene, took his clothes off which had blood on it,and hid from the officers.

He could have atleast died with dignity, but hey that shows what kinda guy he is

A Taxpayer @ 9/22/2011 6:41 AM

Now if some other states would bring back the death penalty for crimes LIKE MURDER AND CHILD MOLESTATION, maybe we wouldn't need to build million dollar jails w/more taxpayer money. It's bad enough we have to pay for their FOOD, MEDICAL EXPENSES, LIVING QUARTERS, EDUCATION while incarcerated (if they try to better themeselves while there!). I always found it funny how most criminals, while free, didn't seem to care about religion (ex: "thou shalt not kill), but they sure find God while they're in jail.

Mike @ 9/22/2011 7:37 AM

Being a police officer in Illinois, where ex-Governor Ryan abolished the death penalty in an attempt to gain public favor during his being investigated for corruption, I envy states like Georgia and Texas that still have the ability to sentence a person that is guilty of homicide, especially that of a police officer. Earlier this year in Illinois a person chose to commit homicide in Illinois due to our lack of a death penalty, admitting this to investigators during the interrogation. Had Illinois had a death penalty, this murder might not have occurred; however, since this person did his research he would have probably lured his victim to a different state lacking a death penalty. The death penalty does work. Could it be more effective? Yes. Are there enough checks and balances to prevent an innocent execution? Yes. Can more checks that are more effecient be developed? Yes, but only as technology advances. The death penalty SHOULD be used more often, without long delays and more publicly. Public hangings were effective because people saw that the penalty of death was a possible punishment for certain crimes, and thus had a greater deterrent effect. If we went pack to public executions, maybe the ambushing of officers would be less likely to occur. Maybe it would make the occupation of police officer less dangerous.

TimFromLA @ 9/22/2011 7:39 AM

// A Taxpayer @ 9/22/2011 6:41 AM

Now if some other states would bring back the death penalty for crimes LIKE MURDER AND CHILD MOLESTATION, maybe we wouldn't need to build million dollar jails w/more taxpayer money. It's bad enough we have to pay for their FOOD, MEDICAL EXPENSES, LIVING QUARTERS, EDUCATION while incarcerated (if they try to better themeselves while there!). I always found it funny how most criminals, while free, didn't seem to care about religion (ex: "thou shalt not kill), but they sure find God while they're in jail. //

The death penalty is the ultimate form of punishment, and because of the Constitution, you know, you kiddies swore to protect and uphold, is the reason why capital punishment costs so much. But still, wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to keep Davis in prison than to execute him? Yes. But since each and everyone of you wanted him executed, should you then not remain silent, because, this, my dear peace officer, is socialism. This is where we as taxpayer pay to make sure that Davis': FOOD, MEDICAL EXPENSES, LIVING QUARTERS, EDUCATION are paid for the same way your: police car, take down light, pistol, Sam Browne, training are also paid for. I mean, you can disagree, you can say you disagree with housing a criminal, but isn't being a cop a choice and since it's a choice, should you not pay for it yourself?

The same can be said about Davis. It was his choice to commit a crime as it was your choice to join your LEO. But must every taxpayer who choose NOT to join pay? Yes! It's socialism!!!! And, the same should be done for Davis!!!!! Don't like Davis receiving taxpayer-paid benefits? Then pay for your own chose to be an LEO

Tom Ret @ 9/22/2011 7:44 AM

Jimmy Carter was one of those who wanted this man's execution to be halted. My question is where is Jimmy Carter's concern for the slain officer and his family? No system can guarantee that an innocent person will not be executed but in this country it is very unlikely. On the other hand, if you don't execute killers , how many innocent people will die as a result of this failure to act. Those who are against the death penalty, never want to address the issue that killers who are not executed can and do kill guards, other inmates and the public. If anything was done wrong here, it was waiting 20 years. Our system has become anything but swift and sure which lessens any deterrent effect.

Janet @ 9/22/2011 8:31 AM

I do not believe in the death penalty. Life without the possibility of parole is the way. My prayers goes out to both families.

Tom Ret @ 9/22/2011 8:46 AM

To TimFrom LA- I have seen victims of homicide, have you?. When you make statements such as you kiddies when referring to law enforcement, I assume you are not in law enforcement. If you are not, why are you commenting on this forum?

LegAdv @ 9/22/2011 8:51 AM

Good points, Tom Ret. The criminal justice system is not perfect and the Constitution doesn't require it. What is does require is 'proof beyond a reasonable doubt', not 'proof beyond ANY doubt'.

Leonard Mather @ 9/22/2011 8:52 AM

A ne'er-do-well with a history of wrong doing gets ensnared among other ne'er-do-wells and is swept up with the trash. Finger-pointing, blame casting, excuse-making, delays, postponements, appeals ad infinitum and ad nauseam occur for 22 years. In comes the death sentence opponents, pundits and "experts" with biased perception claiming "innocence" and that the death sentence does not work. The death sentence is really NOT meant to deter "Others," but rather IT IS MEANT TO DETER THIS PARTICULAR ONE! Rest assured that Troy Davis is PERMANENTLY DETERRED!

scpdblue @ 9/22/2011 9:18 AM

With this talk about drugs being used to execute scumbags in our society who kill and now must sign a agreement stating that it will not be used to execute scumbags. Then I say use a cheaper method. A bullet to the nap of the neck.Its VERY cost effective and final, the scumbag will not even here the shot.

BigSexy @ 9/22/2011 9:36 AM

Imagine if this guy was guilty? Imagine if the Detectives did an outstanding investigation, Imagine that every person on death row stated, "they were innocent!", Imagine the possibilties if this was all true! Oh!, it is and this POS got juiced this morning! Imagine the great day alot of us are going to have. Isn't it great to Imagine?

alnalley @ 9/22/2011 10:14 AM

The thief is sorry that he is going to be hanged, not that he was a thief. Quote/ England.

So what was Mr Davis sorry of?

Don Cordell @ 9/22/2011 10:36 AM

If civilians should be punished more if they attack police, then police should be punished more if they commit crimes. I see to many police crimes at and then see officers just resign to avoid punishment, Justice? Citizens are offended when they see this happen, just as is happening right now in Fullerton, CA where the son of a retired Sheriffs deputy was murdered in July. The citizens are in an uproar, because they've seen to much of this brutality in their city.

Rick57 @ 9/22/2011 11:06 AM

He was found in guilty in 1991! He has had his time to prove his innocence. I don't think the "Detectives" that worked the case are having any regrets.

Candy Carpenter @ 9/22/2011 12:13 PM

To quote the ALLAH faith I am Southern Baptist "It is better to be wrong in forgiving than wrong in damging the innocent."
Only GOD knows who took the life from that officer. Thank you Candy

Tom-Ret @ 9/22/2011 1:44 PM

Don Cordell- Two officers were charged in Fullerton. They have yet to have their day in court. Your statement that the subject was murdered is yet to be proven. The officers involved have a presumption of innocence or do you think they even deserve a trial?

Allan @ 9/22/2011 1:48 PM

For you and those who don't agree with the death penalty, I offer this to you. I've seen many innocent people, many of them children, children with dreams, children who pretend they're someone famous, children who are innocent of all the bad that goes on in this terrible world. I've seen the aftermath of these children after the life has been taken from them. No more fears, no more dreams, just silent - no more life. I've witnessed the killers with that smug look on their face, because nothing matters to them. They have no conscience, no love for anything, not even the life of a child. They go through the court system and prison system, wasting years and years of tax-payers hard earned money. Then, if they're lucky, they can spend the rest of their life in prison, reeking havoc on the rest of the prison population, because you and others don't believe in the death penalty. I want you to imagine the innocents/life ripped from a young child, a child laying in the street after some monster raped and killed this little one. I want you to imagine this is your little 7 year old girl. Now tell me you don't believe in the death penalty!!!

Garett @ 9/22/2011 2:24 PM

Justice served.

Cindi @ 9/22/2011 3:09 PM

TimFromLA I didn't understand your comparison about funding for inmates vs. funding for police officers. Inmates get free dental care, medical care, someone doing their laundry, cooking their meals and paying for their living expenses (groceries, utilities, cable tv, etc.) As a wife of a small town police officer (30+ years), I can tell you that we have always paid health insurance premiums (with high deductiles/out-of-pocket expenses), never had dental or vision coverage provided ... we buy our own groceries, pay utilities, pay to have our clothes cleaned, mortgages/rent etc. Uniform allowances help replace "worn-out" equipment. Uniforms are provided for fast food workers and other industries, besides police officers. Ambulance crews, firefighters, etc. do not "pay" for their ambulances, fire trucks, rescue squads. Most emergency service personnel "give" much more than they "receive" to serve their communities. Taxpayers help pay for these services because LEOs serve the public...they cannot choose who they will or will not "serve". Most LEOs will try to pull a "suspect" from a burning car, to save a life ...the same as they will try to save a "victim" of a crime. It is a special person who chooses to be a "public servant".

Top @ 9/22/2011 4:31 PM


I won't question your beliefs because they belong to you and you're entitled to them. I would like to ask one quesion though... Didn't the officer recieve a dealth penalty? Without the benefit of of a trial or the opportunity for 20 years of life to prove innocence? The "what if" gets used often. you know, like what if Troy Davis was innocent? Well should we not also consider this what if? "What if we gave him life without and he killed again in prison, maybe another prisoner, or a guard? What do we tell their families?

Glenn @ 9/22/2011 4:50 PM

Lets stop playing games. We have still got the death penalty, lets use it. What possible use to society are people who behave like this. The leathal injection in Texas was also another good example. The Bible says "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." It also gives the government the power of the sword . . . lets not be afraid to use it.

John Russell @ 9/22/2011 5:51 PM

I know if it was me I would not want lethal injection..IF I was innocent ---I would want a firing squad so it would be murder and I would be stuck in limbo..Haunt every creep who wanted me dead...Maybe even haunt the JAIL and the GUARDs even at thier homes and families...Now if I was guilty guess I ould be going to the real BAD PRISON for eternity>> HELL?

vbdep @ 9/22/2011 6:47 PM

Goodbye and good riddance you POS. If it really had to be a needle, it should have had Drano run though it so you could have gotten an early preview of hell. Tell your maker that "I'm innocent" lie before you take the elevator down.

Jim @ 9/23/2011 6:33 AM

To TiminLA and Janet,
Would you still fill the same it the police officer was your dad, your husband, your brother??? To TiminLA, did you go to private elementary,middle,high school college and pay for it all by yourself?? Or did you go to public schools and have the taxpayers foot the bill. In this case the victim was a police officer, but in many others the victims were "ordinary people" either doing their job or minding there own business.

TimFromLA @ 9/23/2011 5:53 PM

Well now Troy Davis is dead. Justice was served. There were no DNA, no evidence of a crime committed by him. The witnesses who testified, recanted their story and justice was served...or was it? Was justice really served? Should we as U.S. citizens allow the ultimate form of punishment be executed when there was doubt? Yes? Well what about if there is no doubt. A full-bore confession. Evidence all over the place and at the last minute, the execution commuted to life without parole? Impossible?

Was there justice for Joseph Pala and his family? Was the decision to commute his sentence race-based? Should have Crowe been executed with the mountain of evidence against him and Davis spared because of circumstantial evidence now in doubt by the witnesses or are the murder law enforcement officer greater than a civilian doing their job? These questions need to be answered, because, if the life of an LEO is more precious than a civilian, then our country is based on a two-tiered system. And that's why your management will always get away with the injustices and blame the LEOs and you end up fired or imprisoned. Ask the cops from Fullerton or the four LAPD officers after Rodney King

Paul @ 9/24/2011 10:27 AM

I am for the death penalty, but I have to to be sure. I do not think the slain officer would want you to take an innocent life. I agree, it is better to let 10 quilty go and not take one innocent. If you believe in God. Someday the quilty will get what God says he/she deserves.

Hugh @ 9/25/2011 9:53 PM

Ashes to ashes, garbage to the big bag!

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