Events leading up to the execution date of Sept. 21, 2011
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Troy Davis was executed by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Ga.
Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Ga.
This is the fourth time an execution date has been set for Davis.
A request was made to Georgia prison officials to allow Davis to take a polygraph test to prove his innocence, but it was denied.
Another defense attorney also filed a last-minute appeal in Butts County Superior Court, claiming the ballistic testing that linked Davis to the shooting was flawed. There is no word yet on that appeal.
The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles denies a request to reconsider its decision to not grant Troy Davis clemency.
A temporary delay has been issued before Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed.
Troy Davis attorneys make a last-minute appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, just hours before Davis is set to be executed.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday denied clemency for death row inmate Troy Davis.
"Obviously we're disappointed, but we're going to visit Troy today. He's in good spirits, and we're going to keep him in good spirits. We will continue to fight until there's no avenues to take," said Martina Correria, Davis's sister, in a statement.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles hears from Davis's attorneys request clemency at a hearing. The board also heard testimony from witnesses and family members, and even jurors from the 1991 trial who say they now believe there is doubt in the case. Outside the building, Davis supporters rallied for his clemency.
A hearing before the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Atlanta. This would be Troy Davis's opportunity to request clemency.
NAACP members and other groups from Savannah travel to Atlanta to attend a march and prayer service for Troy Davis.
Advocacy groups deliver hundreds of petitions urging the state pardons board to grant Troy Davis clemency.
Troy Davis declines last meal request.
Nearly 50 Congress members from Georgia sign a letter to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles asking for clemency.
Commissioner Brian Owens sets the execution date for Troy Davis for 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.
If Davis is executed, he will be the 29th inmate put to death by lethal injection, according to the Georgia Dept. of Corrections.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal from Troy Davis.
Troy Davis's make two arguments in their filing: 11th Circuit Court of Appeals should be the ones to review the opinion of U.S. District Judge William T. Moore. In the 11th Circuit Court doesn't have jurisdiction, then the U.S. Supreme Court should hear the case.
Attorneys for Troy Davis are told they must appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court not the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge William T. Moore denies Troy Davis innocence claim after the evidentiary hearing.
Judge William T. Moore said he would not reconsider testimony that he refused to hear in court in the case.
Troy Davis's attorneys present what they say is evidence that he did not kill officer MacPhail.
On June 23, 2010, the two day hearing wraps up. The prosecution argued that witnesses' recanting testimony is unreliable and that the defense did not meet the standards of proving Davis's innocence.
On June 24, 2010, Judge William T. Moore gave the defense and prosecution a list of question in the hearing. Both sides have a deadline to respond by 5 p.m. July 7, 2010.
An estimated 60 people attend a rally on the 20th anniversary of the murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.
The U.S. Supreme Country grand Davis's request for a rare evidentiary hearing in the federal district court in Savannah.
Justice John Paul Stevens, along with justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, were all in favor of sending the case back to the federal district court in Savannah.
Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas disagreed.
According to the U.S. Supreme Court's public information office, it's unclear how John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito voted in the case.
Newly appointed Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor did not participate in this order.
Petitions from Troy Davis supporters and the NAACP with more than 60,000 signatures, with 11,000 of those signatures from Chatham County residents, delivered to the Chatham County District Attorney's Office requesting that District Attorney Larry Chisolm reopen the case.
Attorneys for Troy Davis file their final appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to grant a new hearing on the Davis case in the U.S. District Court in Savannah.
A federal appeals court rejects Davis's appeal.
Troy Davis's lawyers file an appeal with the 11th Circuit Court, the last place they could bring their case for a new trial for Davis. That request ended up getting denied.
Third execution date for Troy Davis set.
The Georgia Supreme Court issued a stay three days before Troy Davis's scheduled on Oct. 27, 2008. It was the third time since July 2007 that Davis had been spared the death penalty by a late court decision.
U.S. Supreme Court denies case; stay of execution terminated.
Second date for Davis's execution. U.S. Supreme Court enters stay of execution.
Georgia Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal by Troy Davis's lawyers for a new trial.
Execution date set for Troy Davis. Stay of execution motion filed.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles issues a 90-day stay of execution 24 hours before Davis is scheduled to die by lethal injection.
Following the clemency hearings, Davis's attorneys filed an appeal for a new trial with the Georgia Supreme Court.
U.S. Supreme Court denies request to hear case.
Appeal filed with U.S. Supreme Court.
The 11th Circuit Court denies appeal request.
Case goes before 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Request denied by U.S. District Court.
Request for new trial made in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, Savannah Division.
U.S. Supreme Court denies request to hear case.
Georgia Supreme Court denies request for new trial and claim that Troy Davis was not the shooter, according to documents from the Ga. Attorney General's Office.
Evidentiary hearing takes place.
Request for new trial made in Superior Court of Butts County, Ga.
Georgia Supreme Court unanimously affirms the conviction and death sentence for Troy Davis.
Troy Davis was convicted of the murder of Mark MacPhail after three days of testimony. He was found guilty of one count of malice murder, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of felony. Death sentence handed out Aug. 30, 1991.
Since Davis's conviction, seven out of nine witnesses have recanted their testimony and an effort to free Davis gains both national and international attention.
After the family hired an attorney, Davis returned to Savannah and turned himself into police.
Court documents show that witnesses identify Troy Davis as the shooter. A manhunt begins and police search for Davis for four days. Davis fled to Atlanta the day after the shooting on Aug. 20.
Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, 27, was fatally shot in the chest and face in a parking lot while working at an off-duty security job. Officers found MacPhail face down in the parking lot of the Burger King next to the Greyhound Bus station, according to court documents.