Sunday, September 19, 2010

Virginia: Rejection

Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced that he finds "no compelling reasons" to use his clemency powers to intervene on behalf of 41-year old grandmother Teresa Lewis, who is scheduled to be executed next week. McDonnell was particularly impressed by the fact that Lewis, "does not deny" that she committed the "heinous crimes" for which she was charged. As WTKR, Channel 3 reports it, she "offered herself and her 16-year-old daughter for sex to two men" to "her husband and stepson in their Pittsylvania County home in 2002 so she could collect a $250,000 life insurance policy." She also "provided money to buy the murder weapons and stood by while they shot her husband, Julian Clifton Lewis Jr., 51, and stepson Charles J. Lewis, 25, in Pittsylvania County in south-central Virginia." She also left the door of the house open, for easy entry, and waited 45 minutes before calling the police. All of this happened 8 years ago.

Supporters of Lewis' clemency application argue that she has a low IQ. But David Grimes, Commonwealth's Attorney for Pittsylvania County, who visited the scene of the crime says:
I can frankly say that Teresa Lewis is as evil a person as I've ever met. I would wager with some assurance that you wouldn't find anyone who knew her before this event occurred who thought she was mentally retarded, or had a limited mentality -- that it would ever cross their minds.
See story here.and here.

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