JACKSON, Ga. » Georgia inmate Troy Davis maintained his innocence until the very end, saying he did not kill an off-duty officer in 1989.
Davis made his final statement as he was strapped to a gurney. He was executed at 11:08 p.m. Wednesday. Davis told the family of officer Mark MacPhail that he did not kill their relative.
"I’d like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I’m not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent," he said, according to an Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution.
Davis’ claims of innocence drew worldwide support from hundreds of thousands of people. Courts, however, consistently ruled against him.
MacPhail’s family believes Davis was guilty.
In his final statement, Davis said, "The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun. 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.
For those about to take my life, God have mercy on your souls. And may God bless your souls."