Troy Davis has become a cause celebre.
Reality television personality Kim Kardashian is among those lending their fame to Davis’ case. “I want to vent about the execution of Troy Davis!” she posted on her Twitter feed Tuesday morning. “He is getting the death penalty tonight but I believe he is innocent!”
Tweeted Atlanta music producer Jermaine Dupri on Tuesday: “There is #TooMuchDoubt to kill Troy Davis tomorrow.” CNN commentator Roland Martin and Tameka Raymond, a boutique owner and former wife of R&B artist Usher, tweeted the same thing.
And Atlanta rapper Big Boi is hitting the road today. He’s en route to the state prison in Jackson where Davis, convicted in the 1989 shooting death of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. “I’m heading to the rally in Jackson Georgia 40 miles outside of Atlanta,” the artist tweeted this morning. “Time to be seen and heard.”
Tuesday he tweeted, “Troy Davis is from my home town of Savannah Ga., and personally reached out to me.” It’s unclear how that contact was made but the two appear to be in touch, probably through Davis’ legal team. “Just got word from Troy Davis,” Big Boi tweeted Tuesday. “He said thanks for all the support, he said keep pushin, he also refused his last meal.”
The state Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Davis clemency early Tuesday. He is set to be put to death by lethal injection at 7 p.m.
Many well-known personalities have spoken (or tweeted) out in support of Davis and are using their celebrity to spur people into action.
“There is #TooMuchDoubt to kill Troy Davis tomorrow,” music industry mogul Russell Simmons posted on his Twitter feed Tuesday, using a hash tag that’s become associated with the case. This morning, both he and Sean “Diddy” Combs urged their followers to call U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and ask that he intercede.
The Atlanta-based Indigo Girls tweeted earlier this month, “Georgia plans to execute #TroyDavis even though 10 witnesses say another man committed the crime,” while country rock artist Steve Earle posted, “Tell #Georgia to stop a grave miscarriage of justice. Save #TroyDavis from execution.”
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ETA: Rest in peace, Troy Davis, justice was not served.
His last statement:
"I'd like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I'm not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent. The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun. All I can ask...is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth.
I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight.
For those about to take my life, God have mercy on your souls. And may God bless your souls."