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Virginia Set to Execute First Woman in Nearly a Century


Teresa Lewis (AP)
RICHMOND, Virginia -- The state of Virginia was moving forward Thursday with its first execution of a woman in nearly a century amid appeals from the European Union and repercussions that reached as far away as Iran.

Teresa Lewis, 41, was scheduled to die by injection at 9 p.m. (0100 GMT Friday) at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt for the October 2002 hired killings of her husband and stepson. To procure the hit men, prosecutors said, she used sex, cash and a promised cut of the insurance benefits the killings would reap her.

The U.S. Supreme Court and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell declined to intervene. All her legal appeals have been exhausted, her attorney said.

In a state with the second busiest death chamber in the U.S., following Texas, the Lewis execution has stirred an unusual amount of attention because of her gender, claims she lacked the intelligence to mastermind the killings and the post-conviction emergence of defense evidence that one of the triggermen manipulated her.

Lewis' supporters say she's a changed woman, and point to testimonials from former prison chaplains and inmates that Lewis comforted and inspired other inmates with her faith and the hymns and country gospel tunes she sang at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women.


The European Union's ambassador to the U.S. wrote that the EU "considers that the execution of people with mental disorders of all types is contrary to minimum standards of human rights ..."

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said in an online briefing Thursday it "deplored" the rejection of Lewis' plea for clemency and the Supreme Court's decision not to hear her appeal.

Earlier this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Western media of having a double standard in reporting on the Lewis execution.

He compared coverage of the Lewis case to the "heavy propaganda" campaign against the case of an Iranian woman who had been sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery.

"Meanwhile, nobody objects to the case of an American woman who is going to be executed," he was quoted as saying during a speech Monday to Islamic clerics and other figures in New York.

Richard Dieter of the Death Penalty Information Center agreed that the death penalty is a human rights issue, but said the Iranian president is "the wrong messenger."

"The United States is, of course, interested in human rights abuses," he said.

McDonnell said he had thoroughly reviewed court records and medical and psychological reports and found no compelling reason to grant clemency to Lewis. He noted she admitted her role in the slayings.

Lewis met Rodney Fuller and Matthew Shallenberger in a Walmart store in Pittsylvania County and traded sex and money for weapons for the hired killing of her husband, Julian Clifton Lewis Jr. His son, Charles Lewis, entered the U.S. Army Reserve and had a $250,000 life insurance policy, naming his father the beneficiary.

Both men would have to die for Lewis to collect.

On the night before Halloween in 2002, Shallenberger and Fuller came in and shot both men several times with shotguns. As Julian lay bleeding, Lewis grabbed his pants and wallet and gave the men the $300 inside.

Lewis' attorneys note that Shallenberger later claimed he was the mastermind and duped Lewis to get some of the insurance money. Shallenberger committed suicide in prison in 2006. He and Fuller were sentenced to life for the killings.

Lewis' execution would be the first of a woman in Virginia since 1912. Texas held the most recent U.S. execution of a woman in 2005.

Out of more than 1,200 people put to death since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, only 11 have been women.

FOX News.com

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I feel like this woman deserves the death penalty. There shouldn't be a double standard regarding the death penalty for both sexes I feel.

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Wordsofwit

Sep 23 @ 7:14PM  
It is an extension of equal rights as far as I see it.
somnium

Sep 23 @ 7:35PM  
Just because a murderer happens to be a female... doesn't make an act of crime like that, any less so!

ynot7769

Sep 23 @ 7:39PM  


clear nuff?
onehornytoad69

Sep 23 @ 7:49PM  
This Happened way to close to where I live!!!! WTF?
I'm sure dope was involved, but that's no Excuse!!!
I'll agree with what Ron White said......"If you come to my state..and kill somebody...We will Kill ya Back!" (from memory.. )
Women Included!!!
PinkToeNails

Sep 23 @ 7:56PM  
First off........Ahmadinejad just needs to shut the fuck right up!

Secondly............Ron White........holy fuck! I had a lover for 3 years and if he wasn't worth a shit enough someone told me that they thought he looked JUST like Ron White....okay, so I'm over that dumbass now!! Can't be with no Ron White looking fucker! She can keep him!

Okay... to the subject at hand..........I agree with ynot!!! Wholeheartedly!
RJ53

Sep 23 @ 9:07PM  
I only have two questions about this case. Why is she getting death when the person who pulled the trigger got life in prison? How mentally disabled is she and was it an ongoing documented problem at the time of the murder and was she used by someone to do this and then she was convenient to put all the blame on. I have no objections for a woman to be put to death however I think they do need to look into a couple of things here before they put her to death and if they are putting her to death everyone involved in the murder should get the same treatment. Once you kill someone you cannot unkill them if something else turns up in the case. I am just saying they need to make damn sure they have ALL the facts and triple check them before putting anyone to death.
40DWM

Sep 23 @ 9:11PM  
IMHO, fek the European Union and shove a nuke up Akmenanutjobs ass.

Ms. Lewis is obviously a cold and calculating murderer. As she is 41 years,
I see no reason to let her stay on the public tax tit for another 20 or 30.

Equal pay for equal work. Anyone that says different, let THEM pay for
her feed, housing, guards, A/C, electric and medical 'till she dies.
PinkToeNails

Sep 23 @ 9:18PM  
Equal pay for equal work. Anyone that says different, let THEM pay for
her feed, housing, guards, A/C, electric and medical 'till she dies.

Right on!
RJ53

Sep 23 @ 9:48PM  
Equal pay for equal work. Anyone that says different, let THEM pay for
her feed, housing, guards, A/C, electric and medical 'till she dies

But the person who actually pulled the trigger got life. Probably made a deal to point the finger at her. Now I do have a problem with that part of it. If she got death so should he. Just because you say you were a hired killer does not mean you were not the killer.
PinkToeNails

Sep 23 @ 10:01PM  
I see your point RJ... BUT.. had it not been for HER actions... this would not have happened... She's as guilty as the one who DID pull the trigger. I don't see how that should be any different.
RJ53

Sep 23 @ 10:21PM  
I see your point RJ... BUT.. had it not been for HER actions... this would not have happened... She's as guilty as the one who DID pull the trigger. I don't see how that should be any different.

If she was not mentally unstable enough to have been manipulated by one of the men involved into doing it. That was why I was asking exactly just how mentally unstable the woman was. And could she have been unstable enough to be talked into something she would not normally have done. I have worked with mental patients in the past at Bellvue Hospital and some of them could be talked into pretty much anything. I just had some questions on how much information the state had before making the decision on not looking into things further before doing this.
StraddleMyNose

Sep 23 @ 10:25PM  
She was declared dead by lethal injection at 9:13pm tonight
Wordsofwit

Sep 23 @ 10:31PM  
They croaked her.
PinkToeNails

Sep 23 @ 10:37PM  
She was declared dead by lethal injection at 9:13pm tonight


Ahhhh... justice served!
ladybootscooter

Sep 23 @ 11:25PM  
I am a firm believer in the death penalty. Have sat through a few of those trials in my line of work. While I feel the punishment should fit the crime, and sometimes that whole "kill you back" thing sounds really good. From experience, once a defendant is sentenced to death, it automatically guarantees them a new trial.

Also a little known fact, it costs more to kill someone than to house them for life. Sounds crazy but it's true.
1bunny629

Sep 24 @ 3:36AM  
at this point it doesn't really matter...
sugarnspice005

Sep 24 @ 9:38AM  
On the night before Halloween in 2002, Shallenberger and Fuller came in and shot both men several times with shotguns. As Julian lay bleeding, Lewis grabbed his pants and wallet and gave the men the $300 inside.

As her husband is bleeding to death, she gives the hired killers money...and she wanted clemency?

I still say to this day that Susan Smith deserves the death penalty.

And you're right, there shouldn't be a double standard when it comes to the death penalty.
Ewe_Wish

Sep 24 @ 6:39PM  
YUP!!!! No reason a woman shouldn't be punished as a man would.............tho I think the ones who killed them should have been put to death too........she is the one who came up with the plan and benefited from it the most.
KnightsSearch

Sep 24 @ 9:49PM  
Death penalty no 's no race or color whats good for the gander is good for the goose
CodenameMr

Aug 21 @ 12:32PM  
Well, of course. What kind of question is that? Sexest, I'd say. I sure home you don't believe women shouldn't get the death penalty, because you be wrong.

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Should women be given the death penalty like men?