Death Penalty

Troy Davis Execution Tonight Is Delayed as Nation's Top Court Mulls Last-Minute Appeal

The scheduled 7 p.m. execution of Troy Davis has been temporarily postponed, as the U.S. Supreme Court mulls arguments by both sides in a last-minute appeal, reports ABC News.

Articles in the Guardian and USA Today provide additional details.

Plans to put the Georgia inmate to death tonight have sparked multiple protests, as he continues to insist that he is innocent of the murder of a Savannah police officer for which he was convicted in 1989. No evidence indisputably ties him to the crime, and seven out of the nine original witnesses against him have recanted.

This is the third time in less than a week that the U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily stayed an execution.

“Easily thousands” of clemency supporters have been chanting outside the prison today as the time , reports the Ledger-Enquirer.

Additional and related coverage: “Judge Says New Evidence in Troy Davis Murder Case Is ‘Largely Smoke and Mirrors’” “Death-Row Inmate Troy Davis, Who Claims Actual Innocence, Loses Bid for Clemency” “Temporary Stay by Texas Supreme Court May Preclude Execution Tonight of Duane Edward Buck” “For the Second Time in a Week, the Supreme Court Stays an Execution”

Updated at 7:23 p.m. to link to Guardian and USA Today coverage.

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