Troy Davis Executed

    Anti-death penalty protester is helped off the ground after hearing about a delay of the execution by the U.S. Supreme Court for Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis In Jackson, Ga., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday for killing off-duty Savannah officer Mark MacPhail. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

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    Georgia prisoner Troy Davis was executed just after 11 p.m. Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to block his execution during a last-minute plea by Davis's lawyers. Davis’s execution had been scheduled to occur at 7 p.m. Wednesday but had been delayed for several hours while the Supreme Court reviewed the case. Shortly after 10 p.m., the high court announced it had denied a stay of execution. Davis, 42, was convicted in the 1989 killing of a Savannah police officer, but he has always maintained his innocence. His case has become a rallying cry for anti-death-penalty advocates, since seven of the nine witnesses who testified against him have since recanted their testimony.

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