Death row inmate Troy Davis’s hopes of a last-minute reprieve were fading after Georgia courts refused to halt the execution scheduled for 7pm local time on Wednesday. The state’s supreme court rejected a last-ditch appeal by Davis’ lawyers over the 1989 murder of an off-duty policeman Mark MacPhail, despite overwhelming evidence that the conviction is unreliable. Earlier, a Butts County superior court judge also declined to stop the execution. His attorneys had filed an appeal challenging ballistics evidence linking Davis to the crime, and eyewitness testimony identifying Davis as the killer. With less than an hour to go until the lethal injection is administered, Davis’s lawyers filed an appeal to the US supreme court, but few observers believe an intervention is likely.
So that’s it, I guess.