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
Washington Post Editors
May 6, 2010; 1:17 PM ET
Categories: Death Penalty , From the Courthouse , Virginia
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