Georgia executed inmate Troy Davis Wednesday night for the 1989 of a police officer, a crime he maintained to the end he did not commit.
Davis, 42, was executed by lethal injection at 11:08 p.m. EDT, according to reports.
The inmate was defiant to the end, proclaiming his innocence in the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.
According to reports, Davis had garnered support from former United States president Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, former FBI director William Sessions and others.
Several celebrities and hip hop notables tweeted their reactions to the news:
May God be with Troy Davis!!!! Cash Money/Young Money President Mack Maine tweeted.
REST IN POWER AND IN PEACE #TROY DAVIS!!! BLESSINGS 2 UR FAMILY AS WELL, Busta Rhymes responded once the news had broken.
I think executions should be broadcast live on television, Russell Simmons tweeted. Let us see the barbarianism we've sanctioned. [iVillage]
Troy Davis was executed six minutes ago...Wow. The American Justice System. SMH, Ice-T tweeted about the execution.
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!” [iVillage]
“This #TroyDavis execution is very disturbing!” actor LeVar Burton posted about an hour ago. [AJC]
CNN commentator Roland Martin and Tameka Raymond, a boutique owner and former wife of R&B artist Usher, tweeted the same thing.
“There is #TooMuchDoubt to kill Troy Davis tomorrow,” tweeted Atlanta music producer Jermaine Dupri on Tuesday. [iVillage]
Media Mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs also instructed his four million followers to call Attorney General Eric Holder to urge him to intercede on Troy Davis and listed the phone number to call. [AJC]
Atlanta rapper Big Boi traveled 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 Thursday morning. [iVillage]