22 Sep '11, 4am

Troy Davis executed amid international outcry

Troy Davis executed amid international outcry

JACKSON, Georgia : The US state of Georgia has executed Troy Davis despite high-profile opposition and an international outcry due to considerable doubts about his 1991 murder conviction. An unusually lengthy deliberation by the US Supreme Court delayed the process by more than four hours but the prison said Davis was pronounced dead after a lethal injection at 11:08 pm local time (0308 GMT Thursday). Davis had escaped three previous dates with death in a racially-charged case in America's Deep South that has dragged on for more than two decades and made him a poster child for the worldwide campaign to ban the death penalty. The family of policeman Mark MacPhail's family meanwhile continued to insist Davis was guilty. Several of them were in the Jackson state prison to witness him die. The last-ditch bid to stay Davis's execution had earlier been rejected twice at state le...

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