The execution of Troy Davis, the man convicted of shooting a police officer over 20 years ago in the US, has been carried out by lethal injection.
Despite a last minute delay caused by an 11th hour plea, the US Supreme Court eventually rejected a call for a stay of execution.
Davis’ case became a cause celebre and attracted worldwide support after doubts were raised over his conviction. Several of the witnesses who identified Davis either changed or recanted their testimony and no DNA or fingerprint evidence linked him to the crime.
The case of Troy Davis has added fuel to the capital punishment debate in America, particularly regarding convictions based on identity parades.
But the victim’s family has always been satisfied with the verdict and the punishment.