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McDonnell won't stay Va. convict Paul Powell's execution

Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell has declined to stop next week's execution of a man who killed his teen friend in 1999 then bragged about it to prosecutors once he thought he couldn't face the death penalty.

McDonnell said Friday he reviewed Paul Warner Powell's case and found no reason to delay Thursday's execution.

The 31-year-old Powell was convicted of killing Stacie Reed of Manassas in 2000 and sentenced to death, but the Virginia Supreme Court overturned that verdict. Powell then wrote a taunting letter to prosecutors detailing the crime. He was convicted again in 2003.

Powell has chosen to die by electrocution.

The execution is set for 9 p.m. Thursday at Greensville Correction Center in Jarratt.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2010; 4:19 PM ET
Categories:  Death Penalty , Pr. William , Virginia  
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