Shortline Bus 1,121 Posted September 13, 2010 Share #1 Posted September 13, 2010 Virginia set to execute its first woman, Teresa Lewis, in almost a 100 years By Khristina Narizhnaya NY DAILY NEWS WRITER Sunday, September 12th 2010 Activists are working to prevent a woman in Virginia from being the first female executed by the state in nearly 100 years. Teresa Lewis, convicted in 2002 for plotting to kill her husband and stepson to collect $350,000 in life insurance, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection on September 23. However, new evidence suggests she may be mentally challenged, and had been manipulated by one of the men she "hired" to carry out the killings. A website, saveteresalewis.com, has since been established in an effort to repeal the death sentence. "It was my feeling -- at first fleeting, now certain -- that this woman doesn't deserve to die," wrote Lynn Litchfield, Lewis' former chaplain and co-founder of the site, in a column for Newsweek in August. Lewis was found guilty of orchestrating the murders after meeting two men at a local Wal-Mart, according to reports. Matthew Shallenberger and Rodney Fuller, who were convicted in the killings, each received life sentences. The pair broke into her home the night before Halloween in 2002. They woke Lewis, then shot her 51-year-old husband, Julian, and her 25-year-old stepson, C.J., with a shotgun. Shallenberger killed himself in 2006, but three years earlier, wrote a letter in which he claimed to have manipulated Lewis. For more here the link: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/09/12/2010-09-12_virginia_to_execute_the_first_woman_in_almost_a_century.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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