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Kaine won't stop Va. execution

Va. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) issued the following statement Tuesday ahead of the execution of Larry "Bill" Elliott, which is scheduled for Tuesday night.

Elliott is a former military intelligence officer who killed a Woodbridge couple in their home in 2001.

On April 2, 2003, Larry Bill Elliott was convicted of the capital murder of Dana Thrall and the first degree murder of Robert Finch. On May 22, 2003, the trial court, in accordance with the jury’s verdicts, sentenced him to death for the murder of Dana Thrall and to life in prison for the murder of Robert Finch.
On August 10, 2009, the Circuit Court of Prince William County set Elliott’s execution date for October 5, 2009. On August 28, 2009, Elliott filed a petition with my office claiming innocence of the crimes for which he was convicted, and asking for a commutation of his death sentence to life in prison. On September 18, 2009, I delayed Elliott’s execution until today to allow for a thorough review of the petition.
Elliott’s trial, verdict, and sentence have been reviewed by state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Virginia, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions regarding this case, I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts.
Accordingly, I decline to intervene.

It's the second time this month Kaine has elected not to stop an execution; last week, the state executed John Allen Muhammad, the culprit in the notorious 2002 Washington-area sniper shootings.

Elliott chose the electric chair over lethal injection.

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 17, 2009; 2:48 PM ET
Categories:  Pr. William  
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