Ga. Executes Man Convicted In 1989 Police Killing

Troy Davis was executed Wednesday night for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer. Davis maintained his innocence until the very end.

Copyright © 2011 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

DAVID GREENE, host: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, host: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Troy Davis was executed last night. The state of Georgia put him to death two decades after he was convicted of killing a police officer in Savannah.

GREENE: His execution came amid protests around the world doubting his guilt. Davis's lawyer said seven of nine key witnesses recanted or changed their testimonies. But the state of Georgia and various courts turned aside last-minute legal attempts to stop the execution. His lawyers asked for clemency from the Georgia State Parole Board and requested a polygraph test. Both were denied.

INSKEEP: Finally, Davis appealed yesterday to the U.S. Supreme Court, which rejected his request for a stay of execution. The victim's family yesterday said justice has been served. According to reporters who were present, Davis used his last words to tell them that he was innocent and to wish mercy on those who put him to death.

Copyright © 2011 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.