September 22, 2011 by Rick Rottman
Georgia executes Troy Davis
The state of Georgia carried out the death sentence on Troy Davis, convicted of the 1989 murder of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty police officer who came to the aid of a homeless man MacPhail and his companions were assaulting. Davis was taken into the death chamber late last night and was pronounced dead at 11:08 PM.
Davis insisted he was innocent until his death. He reportedly spoke to the family of his victim shortly before he was executed, telling them that he was not their loved one’s killer.
Davis had many supporters who believed he was innocent. They signed petitions and argued that his life should be spared. Seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Davis signed affidavits recanting their testimony.
Though I’m not a big supporter of the death penalty, I don’t really have a problem with Troy Davis being executed. If you are going to carry out the death penalty on an individual, it might as well be someone like him.
The night Mark MacPhail was murdered, Davis shot another man, Michael Cooper, in the jaw. Shell casings from that earlier shooting matched those found at the scene where MacPhail was killed. Forensic evidence found on the shorts Davis was wearing the night of the murder were thrown out by a judge because he ruled police should have obtained a warrant before searching the home Grant shared with his mother.
The most troubling part of this case are the witnesses who changed their story. The problem I have with the recanting of their earlier testimony is that they were either lying then or they are lying now. Which is it? Why didn’t they tell the truth then, under oath, and why should anyone believe what they have to say now?
Troy Davis was a really bad person. He was convicted of shooting Michael Cooper in the jaw and he was convicted of shooting and killing Mark MacPhail. The more I read about him, the more I realize what a thug he was and how the world is a better place without him in it.