On September 21, 2011, Georgia executed Troy Davis, who was convicted of murdering Mark MacPhail, a Savannah police officer, in 1989. The execution occurred though the Supreme Court previously issued a temporary stay of execution. After many requests for pardons and further hearings, the Court denied Davis' last request, thereby allowing the execution to proceed.
Davis' execution raises many questions concerning the effectiveness of the judicial system and capital punishment. Davis maintained his innocence throughout his execution. During the trial, the prosecution submitted testimony from eyewitnesses who claimed they saw Davis murder MacPhail. Davis, on the other hand, offered eyewitness testimony rebutting the Prosecution's witnesses. Davis also offered evidence that another individual confessed to the murder but was never investigated by the Police. Finally, Davis repeatedly maintained that he was never in possession of a weapon on the night in question.