Teresa Lewis Died By Lethal Injection

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After her appeal was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court, convicted murderer Teresa Lewis was executed recently by lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in the town of Jarrat in the state of Virginia. She becomes the first woman executed by the state of Virginia since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976 and the first in the 21st century. The last execution made by the state of Virginia for a female was way back in 1912 for a murder committed by a juvenile offender named Virginia Christian.

Lewis, 41, pleaded guilty during her trial for planning the October 30, 2002 murders of her husband, Julian Clifton Lewis, and her stepson, Charles J. Lewis with the motive of cashing in on the insurance policies of the victims. She was later sentenced to the death penalty in 2003 after the presiding judge of the case pointed out that even though she never was directly involved in the murders, she was the one who plotted the murders and therefore has a heavier involvement to the crime than her two accomplices, Matthew Jesse Shalenberger, 29, and Rodney Lamont Fuller, 27, who did not know the victims personaly. The judge also said that being the “head of the serpent”, she is deemed responsible for the crime as the criminal mastermind.

After her conviction, she made a final appeal to the U.S Supreme Court to grant her a petition for a judicial review. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the appeal and made the declaration last Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Recent discoveries by her lawyer, Jim Rocap, was to be presented as evidence, including a confession by one of the accomplices (Shalenberger) who stated in a letter that she coerced Teresa Lewis into going along with the murders. Rocap stated that Lewis was easily manipulated because of her very low IQ.

The Lewis execution stirred a huge debate within the U.S. with some people arguing that the sentence should have been commuted to life imprisonment because of her having a low IQ. Well, low IQ or not, her sentence should have been commuted to life imprisonment, a life is still a life.

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