Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Robert Stacy Yarbrough is asking Gov. Tim Kaine to grant him clemency and has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of the execution. Yarbrough was convicted for the 1997 murder of a 77-year old shopkeeper and is scheduled for execution this evening. He now claims prosecutors improperly struck African Americans from a jury pool and that his trial lawyer was negligent for failing to challenge DNA evidence. His pleas also emphasize that he was the victim of childhood neglect and deprivation. See additional details here.