After deliberating for about three hours, the US Supreme Court denied Troy Davis‘ final appeal to cancel his execution last night.
Davis’ attorneys entered their final appeal to the US Supreme Court around 6:30pm on Wednesday night, just 30 minutes before he was originally set to be put to death. As a result, Davis’ execution was delayed by over three hours.
While awaiting a decision, hundreds of peaceful protesters remained camped out outside of the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson, Georgia as the number of police officers present continued to increase.
The final decision was handed down around 10:20pm and was received in absolute silence.
This was the fourth time Troy Davis faced his death. In 2007, he received a stay of execution the day before he was scheduled to die. In 2008, both the US Supreme Court and the Federal Court Of Appeals spared his life momentarily, once less than 3 hours before he was to be taken to the chamber, and once with three days to spare.
Troy Davis was pronounced dead at 11:08pm EST on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.