Death Penalty Photo Documentary Project

The Stayed Execution of Troy Davis

On September 23, 2008, Troy Davis came within 90 minutes of being executed before the U.S. Supreme Court halted it. These photos tell the story of the hours leading up to the hour of execution.

Troy Davis Stay of Execution Series: 4:34 pm - Troy's chosen witnesses of his execution gather across the street from the prison in a local restaurant waiting news and phone calls. Pictured: Troy's mother, Virginia Davis (far left), Martina (center), Troy's attorneys Jason Ewart and Danielle Garten (back right), and Amnesty International USA's former Death Penalty Abolition Campaign director Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn (bottom right).
Troy Davis Stay of Execution Series:  4:34 pm - Troy's chosen witnesses of his execution gather across the street from the prison in a local restaurant waiting news and phone calls.  Pictured: Troy's mother, Virginia Davis (far left), Martina (center), Troy's attorneys Jason Ewart and Danielle Garten (back right), and Amnesty International USA's former Death Penalty Abolition Campaign director Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn (bottom right).
Troy Davis Stay of Execution Series: 4:34 pm - Troy's chosen witnesses of his execution gather across the street from the prison in a local restaurant waiting news and phone calls. Pictured: Troy's mother, Virginia Davis (far left), Martina (center), Troy's attorneys Jason Ewart and Danielle Garten (back right), and Amnesty International USA's former Death Penalty Abolition Campaign director Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn (bottom right).