The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to block the execution of Troy Davis, the Georgia man who was scheduled to be executed tonight at 7 p.m. The NY Times' Kim Severson Tweeted, "Execution should occur in next half hour, people who know the process here tell me." She also shared a photograph, "This is the scene as family digests the news."

Davis was convicted in the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer, Mark Allen MacPhail, in Savannah, but questions have been raised about witness testimony (many witnesses have recanted, including one who says he was the murderer) and how the police and prosecutors handled the case. As his death by lethal injection loomed closer, calls to stop the execution have gathered momentum through social media. After Georgia's parole board refused to grant clemency yesterday, Davis' lawyers filed the motion to stop the execution today. The Supreme Court granted a temporary delay at 7 p.m., but then denied the motion. MacPhail's family had been urging for the execution, with his mother saying she was seeking closure.

Davis' previous three scheduled executions were delayed; tonight, Davis refused his last meal because, according to the NAACP, he "has faith his life will be spared."

Update 11:17 p.m.: Davis was executed at 11:08 p.m.

Earlier tonight, Lawrence Brewer, who was convicted for the hate crime murder of James Byrd in 1998 (Byrd, who was black was dragged from the back of a car by three white men), was executed in Texas. In spite of the horrific crime—and Brewer's lack of regret—Byrd's son was against the death penalty, "You can't fight murder with murder. Life in prison would have been fine. I know he can't hurt my daddy anymore. I wish the state would take in mind that this isn't what we want."

The Times' Kim Severson Tweets, "Media witnesses say #TroyDavis defiant until end, addressing MaxPhail family first, saying he did not kill their father, son, brother," and "At end, #TroyDavis told followers to keep the faith. Then said to guards may god have mercy on your souls, may god bless your souls."

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- A Slate article summarizing the issues with the eyewitness testimony.
- A 2010 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about legal murkiness of Davis' case.
- Yesterday's PBS Newshour segment about the death penalty.
- Christian Science Monitor on whether Davis' execution exposes flaws with "executive clemency."
- The American Bar Association opposed the execution, "Deciding not to execute Mr. Davis will serve justice by reaffirming that the justice system does not utilize the death penalty for anyone whose guilt is reasonably in question."