R.I.P Troy Davis (AMERICA WAKE UP!)

First off, to the family and friends of Troy Davis I send my most sincerest condolences. I swear, I’ve never felt this effected about a case or a person’s life that I didn’t know probably ever, at least not to this degree.  The Sean Bell ish was one of the first to get under my skin in a serious way and I was one of the hundreds marching for the Jena 6 situation, but there’s something about this story that burns me to the core like no other. Probably because when I say #IAMTROYDAVIS, I’m coming from a place that as a 25 year old black man…yeah, 25, the age that we are all conditioned to believe that black men are lucky to reach (Troy was arrested at 19 yrs old)….at this age I’ve been f*cked with so much by the cops that I have anxiety issues whenever I see a cop car riding behind me, I’ve seen others that look like me screwed with to no end and seen countless cases and news stories like this where men that look like ME have been locked up as suspects by police (pigs of whom are suspect themselves) or murdered in the name of someone’s faulty view on justice.

WHY ALWAYS BLACK MEN!? That’s my ongoing question! And I’m not one of these paranoids cats that just blame EVERYTHING ON ‘the white man’ and think that EVERYTHING is set up against the black man at all times. I don’t wish this upon anybody of any race, let’s get it straight…but why for DECADES has it been mainly BLACK MEN in these positions, on my tv screens, in these jails, I mean damn you can only have the same problem for so long before you’re part of the problem.  Our system ignoring the fact that for decades not only the jails have been lined with black men constantly, but the way we are portrayed in the media, how we get slighted while our white counterparts get off (*cough Casey Anthony*cough) all this has me completely convinced that it has been accepted and, now probably eagerly anticipated.

For what? A means to get money? A means to keep the status quo? I dunno, but it’s frustrating. And no, black men aren’t angels, I know a lot of us get ourselves into these situations but at the end of the day, at the core of it all, there is a conditioned, ingrained issue, disease, problem call it what you want that NEEDS to be fixed, handled and healed. 

This has happened time and time again and for some reason with this case, even though I fully expected them to LYNCH Troy Davis which they did, a piece of me was hoping that we could really rally together and actually save this one life of the hundreds to thousands even if it was at the last minute.

“I am innocent…All I can ask … is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth. I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight…God have mercy on your souls”-Troy Davis’ last words, R.I.P.


This does not ring to me as the words of a guilty man. How many guilty men do you know even go so far as to request a LIE DETECTOR test to prove their innocence? Hell, after 20 years in jail..that’s the only life you know, most cats just accept that they screwed up and take whatever happens…for a man to fight and basically GO TO WAR for his freedom says a lot #NatTurnerSwag

“Troy is so insistent of his innocence that he is willing to take a polygraph. I think it’s a bit of a risky strategy. Polygraph tests are not the most solid type of evidence,” said Laura Moye, a spokeswoman for Amnesty.

Even if we were to ignore the rumors that the warden who denied the media to interview Davis for twenty years apparently  was also one of the original arresting officers on the force with MacPhail at the time.  You can’t ignore the fact that witnesses have come forth saying Sylvester Coles (yeah, the guy that put the murder on Davis in the first place) confessed to murdering the officer.

In an opinion dissenting from this decision, the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court, joined by two other Justices, wrote that “In this case, nearly every witness who identified Davis as the shooter at trial has now disclaimed his or her ability to do so reliably. Three persons have stated that Sylvester Coles confessed to being the shooter. Two witnesses have stated that Sylvester Coles, contrary to his trial testimony, possessed a handgun immediately after the murder. Another witness has provided a description of the crimes that might indicate that Sylvester Coles was the shooter.” —Amnesty.Org

But yeah, all of this means nothing at this point, no mater how it’s analyzed, what new information comes later, how many freaking Troy Davis blogs I write…what’s done is done right?

They are calling this the most controversial death penalty case of our generation and what’s crazy is a good chunk of our generation wasn’t even aware of this story or the execution until the day before he was set to be ‘legally murdered’.  Up until the hour of his death I was still talking to people that had no clue of this story or it’s controversy.  Like I said in my original blog on the matter, I just found out about this case myself a few days ago, but felt obligated to try and push for this man because all I could see was ME when I saw how he was about to get the Uncle Sam rape special and for once I wanted to see direct power from the people reaping some kind of benefit for some one.

Yes, we can vote for this person or vote for that person, yes we have a black president blah blah blah…but in the scheme of things there’s so much doubt and red tape involved with politics that there’s no clear cut answer on what we as individuals directly effect and what’s just some systematic magic tricks our government has set to keep the sheep skin set on our goggles while the wolves run a muck.  Seeing us all band together to save a man’s life, that would’ve been power…that would’ve been worth something and at a time when so many voices were demanding to be heard, our government just stuck to it’s inbred cow feces, played games with our emotions by pushing his ‘legal murder’ back a few hours (most likely to prevent a riot, you know…send the ni&&as home with some hope so we can really do what we do) then killed him anyway.

Oh and when I say ni**gas, I mean all of us that get sh!tted on in this country, whether black or white…you get screwed like this, you have just been treated like a NIGGER..

Awareness is lacking and how can we fight anything if we don’t know where or what to fight. Some of us are too sleep to realize that we are in a fight and Troy Davis is just one of it’s casualties in the bigger scheme of things (Racism, Poverty, Justice System, Social Structure, the list goes on and on). One of the most sickening things to see, was to get on Twitter and of course there was HUGE support for Troy Davis and of course there were some detractors, some detractors that were just ignorant and talking noise, some detractors that actually believed he was guilty and others that were just seeming like they were tweeting against the Troy Davis topic just to look cool and be against the grain. But the worst detractors to me were the black men.  There weren’t a lot, but honestly whether you think Troy Davis was guilty or innocent the fact remains that there was TOO MUCH DOUBT for a decision to be made and they killed him anyway.  Whether you pulled the trigger or not, whether you sat in a cage for 20 years or not, whether you knew this man personally or not, YOU ARE TROY DAVIS because with all of the crap that cops put us young black males through on the regular, this could have been you. This isn’t hyperbole, it’s fact. What makes it fact? The point that this man was murdered without proper evidence. If ever racial profiled and brought in on some b.s ANYONE could be screwed over and killed in a situation where EVIDENCE DOESN’T MATTER. Being a BLACK MAN fighting or talking sh!t AGAINST the Troy Davis situation knowing that there was doubt and lack of evidence is TREASON….not to the race, to that ig’nant f*cker in the mirror you claim to love.

And much like many people just don’t really care, which sucks, the family of the deceased really don’t give a piece of a beaver’s damn whatsoever.  The doubt doesn’t even sway them, that’s a trip to me…the doubt alone should make them question some sh!t. But nah, they needed a nigger to hang, they got him…I bet if Troy was released yesterday and the police found a way to put my black a$$ at the scene, even though I was only 3 at the time it happened, they would’ve been happy as can be. Somebody had to burn….

He had enough time to prove his innocence, so he wasn’t. I’d like to have some peace now that it’s over,I’m kind of numb. I can’t believe that it’s really happened.All the feelings of relief and peace I’ve been waiting for all these years, they will come later. I certainly do want some peace.  ” Anneliese MacPhail mother of murdered officer Mark Allen MacPhail to CNN.

“This is a time for healing for all families. I will grieve for the Davis family because now they’re going to understand our pain and our hurt, My prayers go out to them. I have been praying for them all these years. And I pray there will be some peace along the way for them.”—Officer MacPhail’s widow, Joan MacPhail-Harris, Yahoo

I don’t know whose full of more toilet food, the mother or the widow.  The mother had expressed many times that she didn’t care about Troy stating he was innocent, she just knows that he isn’t (with no evidence, right)…and how dare the widow basically say that she now has peace because Troy’s mother now feels her pain. She’s completely missing that the death of Troy does NOT punish Troy, it punishes his family. And if you’ve been through an experience so traumatic, so emotionally horrific, why wish that on ANYBODY?! Sh!t’s selfish in so many ways it’s sickening. How does one mother tell that to another? “I’m glad you son died, now you know how we feel”

But that’s our justice system, that’s “just the way it is”, we’re taught that we can’t do anything to change it so we just sit and take it. Hell, even when we don’t sit and take it…if the higher ups don’t deem it as important enough, we still gotta accept it.  That’s the example set by the Davis murder and also the main reason why the civil rights movement died decades ago…younger generations got spoiled and stopped caring.  Many of us don’t even learn the truth that a significant amount of civil rights groups were formed by high school and college students. So we fall back, how can you tell a kid that his vote counts when he looks on television and see actual people protesting for a dead cause?

And it’s not like getting into politics is a band-aid because once you become a politician, you lose your own personal voice.  Even if Obama was completely against the Troy Davis killing in particular, all of his advisors made sure that he took no part in it.

Earlier in the day, President Obama refused to weigh in on the pending execution. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said it would not be appropriate for the president of the United States to weigh in on specific cases like this one, which is a state prosecution. —BET.COM

I’m not saying accept defeat, I’m saying it’s heartbreaking that being defeated is so easy to understand. My sister (10 yrs old) asked my Mom why were they killing the black man on TV…I still don’t know what her response was…..what can be said?

“At least his soul can finally rest in peace” was a common quote I saw on twitter…f*ck that, no disrespect to Troy Davis because I hope his soul is in peace, but there was no reason to send him ‘home’ so early, he has a sister with cancer among many other family members that have been fighting for decades, who won’t be at ‘rest’ in their beds in ‘peace’ for years, if ever. I bet Troy would give his “peaceful” soul just to be able to if not hold them again, give them true peace…and i don’t mean the kind that Uncle Sam is tossing around either.  If he was so ready to have a peace resting soul, then he wouldn’t have been fighting so hard to prove his innocence even after it was already a seemingly impossible feat. I can’t speak for the man, but I’ll speak for myself, if I was in jail for 20 years even if I’ve made peace with the Lord and all that….I’d still want to get out, if it’s death or freedom…I’m choosing freedom, his mother died while he was still locked up and every day of her life she spent trying to get him out….Hell yah, I’d want freedom just so her death wouldn’t be in vain at the least.

But hey, once again……that’s neither here, nor there…what’s done is done….Let’s just hope his situation can be come a catalyst or inspiration for change, instead of a forgotten news story by next week.

What can we do now?

PUT A STOP TO THE DEATH PENALTY….I’ll be the broken record on this and keep stating that as long as theirs ANY PIECE of doubt in a man’s innocence then the death penalty supporters have no argument.  If we can’t guarantee that EVERY man sentenced to death will be a guilty man, then the death penalty supporters have no argument. As long as I can click here and see a list of men that have been “wrongfully executed” (see: murdered), the death penalty supporters have no argument.  You can go back and forth all day about playing God, not believing in God or whatever your stance is from a religious perspective (which if you do believe in any of the top religions Christianity, Islam, Buddhism etc you shouldn’t be for killing anyway), but at the end of all of the debates one thing is certain. MAN ISN’T PERFECT, our system ISN’T PERFECT and you can’t correct a DEATH. As long as these facts are in play, there’s is no way it can be our right to have a death penalty. It’s legal murder, it’s revenge. These people are seeking to find justice in a manner that heals nothing and only hurts the innocent (the families). There’s no way to bring back the murdered on any side of the fence so what comes next and what will always only remain is PAIN.

“‘I will never have closure. But I may have some peace when he is executed'” – Mark MacPhail’s mother Anneliese

Aside from that, research (yeah I know that’ s hard for many of us) other screwed up cases like this one and see if we can avoid another tragedy. From Mumia Abu Jamal to Rodney Stanberry there are countless cases of men rotting away in prison for basically no damn reason. Let’s not be late to the “bandwagon” on this one, because hell, the bandwagon of thousands that hopped on this cause late could’ve been a damn hummer tank bus if only more people could have supported in time.  That’s my optimistic way of looking at it, maybe he just needed more help, more voices, more money, just something more…

Crying over spilled milk solves nothing, learning how to not be as clumsy in the future heals everything.

REST IN PEASE TROY ANTHONY DAVIS

-BATS-

Troy Davis Time Lines:

From The AJC

11:25 AJC reporter Rhonda Cook and other media witnesses report that Davis addressed the MacPhail family directly from the gurney and again proclaimed his innocence, asked mercy for those about to kill him and asked his friends and supporters to continue working to get to the truth of officer MacPhail’s death.

11:08 Davis pronounced dead.

10:57 State Attorney Generals office notifies MacPhail’s mother Anneliese “[Davis] is on the gurney, the needle is in.”

10:52 The U.S. Supreme Court order denying Davis’ request for a stay.

ORDER IN PENDING CASE 11A317 DAVIS, ANTHONY TROY V. HUMPHREY, WARDEN

“The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is

denied. “

10:31 About 150 remaining Davis supporters were still in prayer outside the state Capitol 10 minutes after hearing the stay had been denied.

10:27 “I’d like to have some peace now that it’s over,” Anneliese MacPhail mother of murdered officer Mark Allen MacPhail to CNN.

10:18 Davis’ attorneys say the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the stay.

10:08 State Attorney Generals office notifies MacPhail’s mother Anneliese they have received an email from the U.S. Supreme Court to expect word in another 10 to 20 minutes.

10 pm The number of Davis supporters outside the prison has dwindled from hundreds to about 50, who appear to be outnumbered by armed security in riot gear.

9:30 The last of the roughly 50 Davis supporters who had gathered outside of the Savannah City Hall were gone. The last to leave was Sister Jackie Griffith, a nun who had begun her day at a rally outside of the Chatham County Courthouse in support of Davis.

8:51 A convoy of troopers in at least 15 cars arrived to join their colleagues at the site. Meanwhile, officials from the Atlanta University Center and Savannah State University asked their students at the protest to return to their buses to return to their respective campuses. The departure of at least three busloads of students appeared to reduce the crowd by about a third or more.

8:38 As prison officials, family members, and other interested people awaited word from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the execution of Davis should proceed tonight, more than a dozen Georgia state troopers in riot gear marched in military formation to place themselves between the protesters and other officers in paramilitary gear outside the prison. They were met by choruses of “Shame on you” from the protesters.

8:10 Amnesty International representative tells Davis supporters outside state Capitol they are expecting an update from the U.S. Supreme Court at 8:30.

7:40 MacPhail’s mother Anneliese, surrounded by friends and relatives at her home, was leafing through photos of her son, and in her  words “smoking like a steam engine” as she awaited word on whether the execution would proceed tonight.

7:21 Sara Totonchi of the Southern Center for Human Rights confirms the prison has temporarily delayed the execution while awaiting word from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether they can proceed with the execution tonight.

7:12 The crowd of supporters outside of the prison began singing “We Shall Overcome” after receiving unofficial word the prison has temporarily delayed the execution pending possible U.S. Supreme Court review of tonight’s filing for a stay.

6:25 Troy Davis’ attorneys have filed a request for a stay of execution with the U.S. Supreme Court. It is his last chance to avoid execution.

From The Skanner.Com

7:38 Prison officials say execution will proceed within half an hour says Democracy Now.
7:30 Supreme Court has denied the stay. Troy Davis’ life will not be spared.
6:00  Larry Cox: ‘At any moment we could get terrible news.”… “It confirms what many people already know, which is that it’s almost certain that if you continue to use the deathpenalty you will execute innocent people. We know that at least 100 innocent peoplehave been executed who were later proved innocent by DNA evidence.”  Says prosecutors continued to move forward even after seven witnesses recanted.

5:54 Justice Clarence Thomas from Pinpoint Georgia is weighing the case. protesters praying for God to enter the deliberations.
5:50 A lot of police arriving at the prison. Sirens. Protesters praying. Waiting.  Rev. Warnock: “This is a peaceful, prayerful gathering. Sometimes the police themselves don;t do a good job of staying calm. The sirens are as much provocative than helpful.” Says the fact that Davis is still alive is cause for hope.

5: 47 Ben Jealous president of the NAACP: “it’s a miracle that we are praying for, We are hearing word that a decision may be imminent. Let us pray together.
5:46: Davis’ sister pleads with the Supreme Court Justices to look fairly at the facts of the case with the passion for Justice that brought them into the law. She says she is praying for a long stay, long enough for a complete review.

5:38 Martina Corriea Davis Davis’ sister and a former military nurse, speaks about the fight to prove her brother’s innocence. She says there is a lot of racial bias in the judicial system despite changes. I taught my son: “Don’t allow the color of your skin to dictate your future. And I’m proud of him.”
She says of the five witnesses requested by her brother two were refused with no recourse at the last minute. Also she says, she could not be inside with her brother because in Georgia nobody in family or on the prisoners visiting list is allowed to be a witness.
Amy says helicopters overheasd and a significant police presence. Corriea says on precvious occasions dogs have been present on patrols through the protesters. That shows the old south, she says, and it’s time for the new south.
5:24 Police cars arriving outside the prison. Goodman notes protests areunderway all over the world as well as across the nation.  Ben Jealous:

5:17: This is the fourth death warrant issued and Davis has been reprieved at the last moment before.
5:15 Protesters outside the prison tell Amy Goodman that they were allowed to bring only water as they wait and if they leave cannot return. Ben Jealous: Justice Clarence Thomas has taken up this case with the court. Jealous: You need four Justices for a stay.

5:04 pm No news Twitter feeds: Dear Georgia and  Who is Troy Davis and TooMuchDoubt
5:00 pm: Ed Dubose, Georgia NAACP chair talking to Amy Goodman. This case represents everything that is wrong with the death penalty, he says. It shows up so many flaws in the Justice system: Mistakes such as expert opinion about the gun used in the murder that later was contradicted by later findings.

4:55 Pacific, 7:55 Eastern: Protesters waiting outside the prison for news. Singing and praying. Hopeful.
4:42 Goodman says that several jurors in case have said if they knew waht they now know they would not have convicted Davis.
4:37 Rev. Warnock says the Justice Department should look into the witness alegations of being coerced and intimidated. President Obama says it would be wrong for the White House to weigh in on an individual case, but Warnock has asked the Justice Department to do so.

4:34 Rev. Warnock: Dr. King was unequivocally opposed to the death penalty, and so was his wife Coretta King.  They felt that the only Christian response to the death penalty was No.  It was consistent with his nonviolent philosophy. America is being transformed tonight.
4:32 Davis nephew Dejohn talks about his uncle and their relationship. He is 17 and Davis has been in prison his whole life.

4:29 Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Georgia as was Dr. Martin Luther King. (Jr. and Sr.) This is a turning point. People have to ask themselves: If Troy Davis was not black, and if Officer MacPhail was not a police officer would we be where we are? Says two people on the list to witness for Troy were told at last minute they could not be at the execution. In Georgia, the prisoner’s family are not allowed to be there.
4:27 Still waiting for news of Supreme Court ruling.

4:05 Stay of execution Cheers. Thanks God We believe in the Justice system. We believe in America.
4:00 pm Pacific 7pm Georgia time: No word from Supreme Court.  Larry Cox Amnesty International says “We are not going to let Troy Davis fight stop here.”

3:58 Jealous: it’s clear the president has no power. It’s really up to the Supreme Court.
3:51 Jealous: One of the witnesses reported that Sylvester Coles confessed to her he killed officer MacPhail.  She says she moved and went into hiding because he threatened her.  Three witnesses will be at execution at Davis’ request.  At the scene hands are raised in prayer, surrounding the Davis family. Students from Morehouse., Spelman and Clark Atlanta at the scene.

3:47 Only 150 people allowed to be directly opposite prison. More than 1000 nearby. Amy Goodman reports a couple of arrests. Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP says he is still hopeful. “Troy Davis is a man whose faith makes you believe in miracles.” Says people are prepared for a funeral but also for a miracle.
3:45 15 minutes until the scheduled execution.

3:44 Davis family arrives at Georgia Diagnostic Prison in JacksonDemocracy Now producer estimates more than 1000 people praying and demonstrating
3:41 Larry Cox of Amnesty International calls the execution one of the most terrible travesties of justice. Millions of people around the world are demonstrating outside of US embassies — in France, in Mali, in Germany and the UK. “not because they don’t want justice for the MacPhail family, but because they do want justice for Troy Davis”. Says ‘too much doubt’ about Davis’ innocence. Says the only way to make sure no more innocent people are executed is to get rid of the death penalty.

3:40 Georgia rapper Big Boi. Troy is from my home town of Savannah Ga. “if you’re going to execute a man you better be sure he’s 100 percent guilty.”
3:36: Rev. Sharpton vows to take the fight to Washington.  “We will not be this vulnerable again. Says that the execution is a result of a system that punishes those who can’t afford to defend themselves properly. “There’s race in this and there’s class in this.”

3:32 No evidence left. All the world is watching. Talks about the previous reprieve and the impact on Davis family of repeated execution dates and reprieves.  “There must be federal laws that prohibit states from convicting people solely on eyewitness evidence.” Stresses the lack of physical evidence tying Davis to the crime. We are not asking for favors but justice.
2:29 Rev. Al Sharpton “There is no justification at all for being in this place again awaiting the execution of a man who has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Says the system is inflexible and has not looked fairly at the evidence, that seven of the witnesses recanted and another named a man who she says confessed. When witnesses say they lied or were coerced, Why are we looking at Death Row tonight?”

3:26 Roslyn Brock, NAACP Board chair says  ‘overwhelming evidence points to Davis innocence”. The NAACP stands in opposition to the death penalty. African Americans make up only 13 percent of the US population but more than 50 percent of Death Row prisoners.  Brock says Davis is uplifted by his faith in God. We must fight against the death penalty, and “This fight will not end tonight.”
3:25 Dubose reports Ben Jealous still advocating for clemency with judge and court.

3:23 Ed Dubose Chair of Georgia NAACP speaks at press conference. says he has visited Troy Davis on Death row. Says Troy wanted you to “keep the faith”. Whether they execute him or not, he said, the fight for equal justice must go on. Bose: “They call it an execution, we call it murder.”
2:57 CNN says the Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the appeal. Now the only recourse is the US Supreme Court.  Just one hour until execution.

2:32 The Butts County Superior Court Judge has refused to halt Troy Davis’ execution. Davis attorney’s are bringing his appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court., in a last-ditch effort to save his life.
1:16 The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has refused to reconsider its decision on clemency.
September 21. Early this morning the Georgia Department of Corrections denied Davis’ request to take a polygraph (lie detector ) test CNN reports

From International Business Times

Aug. 19, 1989: 27-year-old security guard Mark MacPhail was shot dead in Savannah after attempting to help a homeless man named Larry Young being beaten by an attacker in a parking lot.

Aug. 23, 1989: 19-year-old Troy Davis is arrested and charged with murder after a man present on the scene, Sylvester “Redd” Cross. Cross pins Davis as the suspect, saying he was leaving the scene after Young was attacked, just before MacPhail was shot. Prosecutors said Davis hit Young with a gun and fired multiple shots at MacPhail.

Aug. 30 1991: The trial for Davis begins. While there was no physical evidence or murder weapon found, nine witnesses say Davis killed MacPhail. Davis pleads not guilty, saying he left the scene before the shooting took place after witnessing Coles hit the homeless man. Davis is found guilty and the jury sentences Davis the death penalty, placing him on death row.

Sept. 2003: Seven of the nine witnesses for Davis’ trial recant their testimony, changing their stories after being pressured by the police. Their new testimony is published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, along with statements made by Coles saying he is the “real killer.” “If I knew then what I know now,” Brenda Davis, one of the jurors in the trial told CNN in a 2009 interview, “Troy Davis would not be on Death Row. The verdict would be ‘not guilty.'”

July 16, 2007: Davis is granted a 90-day stay of execution to review the case, one day before his initial execution date.

Sept. 23, 2008: The U.S. Supreme Court delays the second execution date, sparing the life of Davis. The decision whether or not to hear the case was pending, after ordering a federal judge in Savannah to convene a hearing to consider new evidence.

Oct. 27, 2009: The U.S. Supreme Court elects not to hear the case. Though a third date was set, the Georgia appeals court puts a hold for the execution for a petition period.

June 2010: Two witnesses tell a U.S. District judge that they falsely incriminated Davis while two others said another man had confessed to killed MacPhail.

August 2010: A Georgia District Court rules Davis failed to prove his innocence and denied him a new trial.

Sept. 7, 2011: Georgia sets the fourth execution date for Sept. 21, 2011.

Sept. 15, 2011: Clemency is asked by 663,000 people who signed a petition, sent to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. Petitions from the public, Jimmy Carter and Beatrice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. continue for days.

Sept. 19, 2011: The five-member Board of Pardons and paroles hear Davis’ plea for clemency, two days before his fourth execution date. The board meets in a closed-door session and will hear testimony from Davis’ attorney, prosecutors, MacPhail’s family and witnesses.

Sept. 20, 2011: Davis is denied clemency from the Georgia Board of Pardons and paroles.

Sept. 21, 2011: An execution for Troy Davis is scheduled for 7 p.m. by lethal injection.

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