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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to halt Troy Davis' execution

September 21, 2011 |  7:26 pm


Convicted killer Troy Davis faced imminent execution as the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his attorneys' last-minute petition for a stay.

Davis was scheduled to die at the Georgia prison in Jackson for the 1989 slaying of Savannah police Officer Mark MacPhail. Davis maintains he is innocent. His execution had been set for 7 p.m. EDT, but was delayed more than three hours as the high court considered his petition.

Earlier in the day, the Georgia Supreme Court refused to intervene.


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Photo: Law enforcement officers at the Georgia state prison in Jackson, where convicted killer Troy Davis is set to be executed by lethal injection. Credit: Tami Chappell / Reuters