World waits to hear whether Troy Davis will be executed


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Convicted murderer Troy Davis waited at a Georgia state prison in Jackson to learn whether he would die Wednesday night.

His supporters waited outside the prison, as did some of his detractors.

Relatives of murder victim Mark MacPhail waited too.

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And so did the world, judging from the above Twitter map.

Meantime, the U.S. Supreme Court was examining Davis’ attorneys’ last-ditch appeal to halt the execution, which had been scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT.

More than three hours after that, the execution remained on hold, with no word from the court.

Davis, convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah police Officer MacPhail, maintains his innocence. His supporters include former President Carter, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Pope Benedict XVI and former FBI Director William Sessions.

Several witnesses have recanted the testimony that put Davis on death row. But a federal judge who held a new evidentiary hearing last year, at the Supreme Court’s behest, called the defense’s new evidence ‘largely smoke and mirrors.’

The execution warrant is good for a week -- until noon Sept. 28.


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