A Georgia man who admitted to being at the scene when a police officer was killed, was given a last minute reprieve by the U.S. Supreme court less than 2 hours before he was to be put to death by lethal injection.

Troy Davis, 39, was a teenager in 1989 when officer Mark MacPhail was shot to death. MacPhail, 27, was working off-duty as a security guard at a Savannah, Georgia bus station when he rushed to the aid of a homeless man who was being pistol-whipped by three individuals.

MacPhail, who is white, was shot and killed when he confronted Davis and his accomplices.

9 witnesses identified Davis as the shooter, but 7 of the 9 witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Rev. Al Sharpton, actress Susan Sarandon and Pope Benedict XVI, are among the notables who have appealed on behalf of Davis.

Davis was to be executed tonight at 6 PM. The stay of execution will remain in effect while the court considers Davis’ appeal.

Meanwhile, Richard “Ric Ric” Henyard, 34, is scheduled to die in Florida’s electric chair tonight for the shooting deaths of two sisters and the rape and robbery of their mother.

Henyard and an accomplice, Alfonza Smalls — who was 14 at the time — were convicted of abducting Dorothy Lewis and her daughters, Jamilya Lewis, 7, and Jasmine Lewis, 3, from a Lake County, Florida grocery store parking lot in 1993.

Lewis was raped and shot four times. The girls were each shot in the head when they cried out for their mother. Henyard is scheduled to die at 7 PM.

Lewis is now a Pastor and motivational speaker. She does not plan to attend tonight’s execution.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    That young officer was too nice. When he saw that the suspects had a gun he should have started busting caps right off the bat. That way he might still be alive and there would be no confusion about anyone’s identity. If this guy was involved in the homeless guy beat down then he deserves the punishment. As for the baby killer and rapist; good ridance mf-er. I’m often on the fence about capital punishment, but these two cases are the kinds that make me support it.

  • krbinc

    some people deserved to die like that motherf#cker down there in fla.

  • Anna

    Stories like this have so many things going on in my head. 1. People are on death row way too long.
    2. I am glad that there are universites that reopen these cases because many men have been proven not guilty after serving over 20 yrs through DNA.
    3. It does bother me that even when ppl recant their story they are not taken seriously because the prosection hates to admit they were wrong or the public defender may not have done thier job in the interest of their client.
    4. Anyone can look online and see the faces of the ppl on death row in any state in this country and the majority of them one thing they have in common is the color of thier skin & number
    5. You have to remember both the victims family and the family of the accused who had to deal with the death of a loved one and the other having to be seperated without their loved one due to the pointing of fingers.

    I am not sure how I feel about the death penalty. I know there are both guilty and innocent ppl waiting to die on death row. I can’t imagine knowing that the person who was found guilty of killing my child/family memember getting a reprieve while another family is upset with the justice system who knew they had the wrong man years ago. Our justice systems has been broken for a very long time. The only thing I can do as a mother is to remind my son that being in the wrong place at the wrong time can get you life in jail or the death penalty. Be careful who you think is your friend, they will point the finger at you to save thier own ass whether you were there or not.

  • karaz

    If 77% of witnesses have recanted their testimony, I think the case deserves another look. Yes he should pay for assaulting the original victim in this crime, but he shouldn’t be put to death if he didn’t commit this crime. I really don’t know much else about this case though.

  • WeezysBaby

    I agree that he should serve time for the inital crime but isnt it safe to say that he has done so?

  • kwallace577

    this is the saddest thing i ever read about the mama and babies. wow. and she is one strong lady to just decide to wash her hands of it.

  • Sharonda

    Wow, just wow.The mom and the babies.Wow.That FL dude, someone should just drown his ass for that act.I can’t even explain how sickening that man is.

  • stefany

    Shooting a 3 and 7 year old in the head, he deserves nothing less than the death penalty I have no sympathy for him what so ever..He should have been put to death immediately following the murders of those two babies.

    RIP RIC RIC! 6PM CAN’T GET HERE FAST ENOUGH! MAY YOU BURN IN HELL ETERNAL!

  • PAGESINADIARY

    KILL #2, SAVE #1

  • katgirl33

    ITA with Pages…all day!

  • SlimA

    Henyard ate most of his last meal — two fried chicken breasts, turkey sausage, fried rice, chocolate chip cookies and a Coke, per Fox News. This was a dumb meal request, but oh well, they should have given him bread and water.

  • keely107

    Im wit u Bird. This is just one of those times, I have kids that age and it hurts my heart to hear things like that. He needs to die, Im sorry.

  • missdisrection

    See this “ric ric” story is what I overdose on everyday. Just thinking about what was probably going on in those little girls minds when that was going down makes me sick to my stomach.

  • missdisrection

    “A handwritten civil rights appeal filed by Henyard in federal court in Jacksonville was denied. The appeal alleged the state’s execution team lacks training and could cause a painful death if the IVs aren’t properly inserted.”

    OMG! Was he serious? GOOD! It needs to be painful. Like people were suppose to feel compassion for him.

  • civic0929

    As a matter of fact, in the case of Henyard, the state of Florida should extract one pound of flesh per year for the next 20 years and feed it back to him. If he could then stay alive after all that, well then good for him.

  • missdisrection

    civic0929 Says:

    “As a matter of fact, in the case of Henyard, the state of Florida should extract one pound of flesh per year for the next 20 years and feed it back to him. If he could then stay alive after all that, well then good for him.”

    Speak on it! Speak on it! If only he could have felt that; instead his death was painless.

    “He (Henyard) appeared to be shaking and having a hard time breathing after the lethal injection was administered, and stopped moving a minute later…”