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September 22nd, 2011
11:24 AM ET

Troy Davis executed after the Supreme Court rejects his eleventh-hour plea

Troy Davis, whose case drew international attention and became a focus for death penalty opponents, was put to death by lethal injection in Savannah, Georgia last night.

Davis, who was convicted of killing an off-duty Savannah police officer 22 years ago, filed an eleventh-hour plea Wednesday asking the United States Supreme Court to stop Georgia authorities from executing him.

After a delay of more than three hours, the Supreme Court issued a ruling denying his request.

Today on American Morning, Paul Callan, CNN legal contributor, explains if he was surprised at the Supreme Court's decision and weighs in on whether or not the protests over Davis' execution will cause reform to the judicial system.

Filed under: Death penalty • Supreme Court • Troy Davis
September 21st, 2011
03:32 PM ET

Is there any chance that Troy Davis' execution may be delayed?

A parole board in Georgia has denied a last-ditch clemency appeal by Troy Davis, a Georgia man set to be executed in a high-profile case on Wednesday for the murder of a police officer.

The case has attracted international attention and became a focus for opponents of the death penalty because seven of nine trial witnesses have since recanted their testimony and his supporters say he may be innocent.

Davis is due to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. local time today at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.

Today on American Morning, Paul Callan, CNN legal contributor, discusses the case and explains if there is any way that the execution could be delayed.

Filed under: Death penalty • Troy Davis