Updated 11:13 p.m.: MSNBC aired the announcement that the time of death was 11:08 p.m. According to a media witness, he went to his death insisting that he was innocent. He also told the MacPhail family that he was sorry for their loss, and asked his supporters to continue to look into the case. His last words were to the prison staff: “May God have mercy on your souls. May God bless your souls.” Rest in peace, Troy Davis.
Updated 11:02 p.m.: According to NBC News, the execution is under way.
Updated 10:41 p.m., ET: According to news reports, Troy Davis has no further legal recourse and is expected to be executed tonight. Tweeting from the scene at Jackson Prison, Spelman professor William Jelani Cobb says heartbroken protesters responded to news that his stay of execution was denied with chants and by reciting the 23rd Psalm. See the video he posted.
Updated 10:27 p.m., ET: NBC News is reporting that Troy Davis’ bid to have his execution stayed has been denied by the Supreme Court. The execution could take please shortly. More details are to come.
Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. tonight. That execution has now been delayed as the Supreme Court weighs arguments by Davis’ legal team and the state of Georgia over whether he deserves a stay, ABC News reports:
At 7:05 p.m. tonight, five minutes after his scheduled death, Davis’ supporters erupted in cheers, hugs and tears outside the jail in Jackson, Ga., as supporters believed Davis had been saved from the death penalty. But the Supreme Court only granted a temporary reprieve as it considers the decision.
The Supreme Court could decide at any time tonight or in the next seven days whether to go through with his execution, according to local TV station 11Alive.
Davis has spent 22 years on death row, and in recent years, support for his plea of innocence has increased as several witnesses recanted their testimony that he fired the shot that killed Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. His supporters, who include politicians, activists and social media users worldwide, have called for the execution to be delayed because of “too much doubt” present in his case.