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Attorneys seek to block Va. killer Darick Walker's execution

Attorneys for a Virginia inmate set to be executed later this month are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block the execution.

Darick Walker's attorneys say executing him May 20 would be unconstitutional because of his subaverage intellectual functioning and because of conflicting testimony of two eyewitnesses in his case.

Walker was convicted in 1998 of killing two Richmond men seven months apart. Virginia law allows the death penalty for anyone who commits two premeditated murders within three years.

His attorneys claim the prosecution failed to disclose police reports casting doubt on the testimony of one victim's daughter. They also claim the eyewitness in the other shooting first told police she didn't know the man who broke in and shot her boyfriend.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 6, 2010; 1:17 PM ET
Categories:  Death Penalty , From the Courthouse , Virginia  
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The Supreme Court's fabulous five conservatives might let this guy avoid condign punishment if his murders were committed with firearms. Y'know, Second Amendment rights?

Posted by: kinkysr | May 6, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

So this perp says he is stupid .. so he wants the Supreme Court to give him a pass on his murder of two not-stupid people...

just tell him he's getting a flu shot.. he will not catch the flu after the shot...

give him the juice... give him the juice!!!!!

Posted by: kglkgl06 | May 6, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Twelve years since the crime is enough review. Walker goes to the gurney on schedule.

Posted by: vuac | May 6, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

We've been providing 3 squares & cot and legal services to this "subaverage intellectual functioning" animal since '98.. come 'on!!!

Posted by: genbarlow | May 6, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

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