Troy Davis's Last Words: Asserts Innocence, Asks Friends to Continue Fight
A recording of Troy Davis's much-reported final words has been released, and while it's painful to listen to these words aloud, it's also fascinating to hear the determination in his voice as he asks his friends and family to continue the fight.
Davis was right: even though this particular fight is over, the cruel use of capital punishment in Georgia, Texas, and other states continues.
If you want to continue to work in Troy Davis's name, there is a page at Amnesty International devoted to continuing to the fight against the death penalty.
Here is a transcript:
Well, first of all I’d like to address the MacPhail family. I’d like to let you all know that despite the situation — I know all of you still are convinced that I’m the person that killed your father, your son and your brother, but I am innocent. The incident that happened that night was not my fault. I did not have a gun that night. I did not shoot your family member.
But I am so sorry for your loss. I really am-- sincerely.
All that I can ask is that each of you look deeper into this case, so that you really will finally see the truth.
I ask to my family and friends that you all continue to pray, that you all continue to forgive. Continue to fight this fight.
For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on all of your souls. God bless you all.