US murderer executed after Supreme Court refuses delay
A convicted murderer was put to death in the United States late Wednesday, after the Supreme Court refused a last-minute appeal to stay the execution, DPA reported.
Troy Davis, 42, received a lethal injection and died at 11:08 pm (0308 Thursday GMT). He was convicted of the 1989 murder of an off-duty policeman in the state of Georgia.
The execution was originally due to take place at 7 pm, but was delayed while the Supreme Court deliberated on an appeal by Davis's lawyers submitted an hour earlier, which it then rejected.
His execution had been delayed three times previously, while lawyers argued that seven out of the nine original witnesses against him had retracted or disputed their own testimony.