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Sept. execution set for Va. woman

A September execution has been set for Virginia's only woman on death row.

A Pittsylvania County Circuit judge set a Sept. 23 execution for 40-year-old Teresa Lewis on Thursday.

Lewis was sentenced to death for plotting to have her husband and stepson killed in 2002 so she could collect a $250,000 life insurance policy.

Prosecutors said Lewis used sexual favors and manipulation to persuade two men to kill her husband, Julian Clifton Lewis Jr., and stepson Charles J. Lewis.

The gunmen were sentenced to life in prison. One committed suicide in 2006.

Lewis would be the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly 100 years. She would be the first woman put to death in the U.S. since 2005, when Frances Newton died by injection in Texas.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 29, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  Death Penalty , From the Courthouse , Homicide , Updates , Virginia  
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I look forward to the day that Americans recognize Capital Punishment is barbaric, expensive, and an utterly useless deterrent. What Lew is did can not be forgiven or overlooked, but her death will neither heal nor undo a thing she has done.

Posted by: phburris | July 29, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"What Lew is did can not be forgiven or overlooked, but her death will neither heal nor undo a thing she has done." Perhaps not, but it will for damn sure stop her from ever such doing such a thing again. I have no problem with a cold needle being slid into this monster's veins. I would wish mercy on her soul, but she's shown she doesn't have one.

Posted by: mlincoln1 | July 29, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I hope they mix up the drugs and she suffers as long as as her husband suffered....while she rifled his pockets for cash for the 45 minutes before she called 911 AFTER he was dead.

Posted by: Etek | July 29, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Whatever you think of the DP; Virginia does it right. Unlike CA and TX where killers sit for 25 years in VA the oldest case is about 7 1/2 years. Death row is decreasing instead of increasing. I didnt like Tim Kaine's politics but he was right on the DP. He allowed several including John Allen Muhamaed. Lethal injection is too good for this goon Lewis she is the devil reincarnated. I'm sure we will see the liberal press try and save her and write pathetic upbringing stories. But McDonnell needs to deny any attempt at clemency.

Posted by: espnfan | July 30, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Expect the Post to editorialize against her execution because: she's borderline retarded, is a dependent personality, was manipulated by the killers, etc. etc. The propaganda should intensify as the execution date approaches.

Issues of competency and responsibility were addressed by the Virginia Supreme Court in 2007 (PETITION FOR A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS). Among other issues the court found: she admitted using Julian for his money, she was responsible for planning the murders, recruiting the killers, buying them weapons, and providing access to the victims. As far as her low IQ is concerned, Dr. Leigh Hagan, a forensic and clinical psychologist, who administered the evaluation concluded "she had not put forth her best effort during the I.Q. test."

She got the death penalty and the shooters got life because she was the principle culprit who planned, recruited, and armed the killers.

Still, the Post will print links to "Save Teresa Lewis" websites and hyperventilate to prevent the execution. Let the bedwetting begin.

Posted by: TRex3 | July 30, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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