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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 05/15/2010

McDonnell won't stop Va. execution

By Washington Post Editors

Gov. Bob McDonnell has denied clemency for a Virginia man convicted in two separate shooting deaths.

McDonnell said Saturday he found no compelling reason to stop Thursday's scheduled execution of 37-year old Darick Demorris Walker.

Walker was convicted of killing Stanley Beale in 1996 and Clarence Elwood Threat in 1997. Virginia law allows the death penalty for anyone who commits two premeditated murders within three years.

DATABASE: Virginia executions, 1982-present

Walker's attorneys have said his mental capabilities do not meet the constitutional threshold for execution. They also argued that prosecutors withheld evidence that cast doubt on the eyewitness testimony of one of the victims' daughter.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | May 15, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
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His mental capabilities don't meet a threshold for execution? Really! Izzat so? Well, if his capabilities met the threshold to commit murder, they'll be just fine to get him through his execution. What kind of morons actually stand up and argue these issues? Oh. Yeah. Forgot.

Lawyers and liberal politicians.

Posted by: JamesChristian | May 15, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

JamesChristian, what an ironic name.

Posted by: teerbaasem | May 15, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

And in other news the sun will rise in the east and set in the west

Posted by: asdf3 | May 15, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Everyone says the death penalty costs more than to incarcerate someone for life. Solution, stop allowing so many appeals for convicts. Juice up the chair and get them done faster.

Posted by: Jsuf | May 15, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The governor should reconsider his decision.

After all, Walker is said to have suffered incurable trauma when, after his second murder, the law forcibly relieved him of his constitutional right to bear arms.

Posted by: kinkysr | May 15, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Insanity plea in a double murder committed at different times is pretty stupid. I am not in support of the death penalty as I feel it is an easy way out for the murderer, but if lawyers need clemency from the Governor in a double murder case they should come up with a plausible excuse instead of childhood trauma and doubtful witnesses.

Posted by: obohokechukwu | May 15, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Unless it's 100% his execution should be stayed. They can always set a new execution. There's a very fine line between murder and punishment and VA might be crossing the line. That would in turn make all involved guilty of murder. To those idi0t's here commenting on the witness, it's a known fact that eye witnesses are wrong 90% of the time. Educate yourself. We have ways using modern technology to remove any and all doubt. Anything less than that is unacceptable.

Posted by: askgees | May 15, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

We need to speed the process up. 14 years in Va., 20 years in other states and in California 30 years.
Two years is about right.

Start up Old Sparky or fill the syringes.

Posted by: Etek | May 15, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Another error on McDonnell's part. It seems like natty Bob just keeps stumbling over his shoelaces.

The state shouldn't be executing anybody. Rotting in prison is a far more severe punishment.

Posted by: mortified469 | May 15, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

So much for Christian compassion. What a crock.

Posted by: 44fx290 | May 15, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Nighty Night dirtbag..

Posted by: wewintheylose | May 15, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

If prison really is worse than the death penalty, the anti-death penalty types can take comfort in the premature termination of the human existence of Darick Walker: he'll be getting a better deal than life in prison this way.

Too bad Maryland can't subcontract some of the more vicious of the thousands of murderers it has suffered over the past 30+ years to Virginia.

ps -- "Walker's attorneys have said..." Hey... Walker's attorneys would say left is right, up is down and there's no such thing as gravity if they thought it would save him from premature termination of human existence.

Posted by: srb2 | May 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

We all know that Jesus is for capital punishment, war, and waterboarding, but he really love abortion clinic bombing.

It's so christian!

Posted by: bobbarnes | May 15, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Citizens in other civilized and industrialized countries of the world do not execute their citizens. The death penalty does not allow the state to correct errors when innocent people are executed. Hundreds of people in the U.S. sitting on death row have been exonerated through DNA testing as well as eye witnesses whose testimony was discredited. Those concerned about out of control state budgets should be concerned about the high costs of maintaining our current death penalty system.

Posted by: Ocher | May 15, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Who does McDonnell think he is, God? He is such a low life loser who cant see beyond his own ignorant nose! It is fools like McDonnell that give the U.S. a seriously bad name!

Posted by: merf-1 | May 15, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to the Governor.

People... note the word "sword" in the Bible verse.

For they are God's servants working for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for it is not without reason that they bear the sword. Indeed, they are God's servants to administer punishment to anyone who does wrong. -Romans 13:4

Posted by: thorhero | May 15, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Obama ko0ks?

Why is it not OK when this republican ***wipe does it, but it is OK when Obama does it?

Is obama Jesus, or are you just 1 DUMB fo?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | May 15, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

JamesChristian, he has to be sane enough to understand the punishment he's receiving, according to the Supreme Court.

So there's usually a big court case over whether the state can compel an insane person to receive medication that will make him sane enough for the state to execute. It's really much more fun than a simple flip of the switch.

Posted by: blasmaic | May 15, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Bob & the Kook aren't buying popcorn for snacks to go with the entertainment.

I'm no fan of spending tax money on murdering people.

Posted by: Nymous | May 15, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

This would be disturbing news, but the Jesus kooks justifying the death penalty with randomly quoted bible verses are cause for laughter. Thanks for the infotainment!

Posted by: alarico | May 15, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

The death penalty for national or international henas crimes, should be a general policy! Yet, the Heaug seems liberal on this count!On the other side of the coin, is the abortion issue!The unborn, wholesale slaughter! The criminal murderer has the extended apeal process! The unborn child, immediate execution! Where is Lady Justice hiding in this Democracy? Not in Washington D.C.

Posted by: vince128 | May 15, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Americans are violent and vindictive. Although they lecture, ad nauseaum, the rest of the world on human rights they turn a deaf ear to comments that are critical of their practices. Most other nations reject state killings (you call them executions) but you are in good stead when one considers which nations follow this feudal practice.

McDonnell may be aware that about 10% of those people executed in America by the state are subsequently found to be innocent of their crimes. if McDonnell permits this execution to take place then he continues to ensure that innocent prisoners will also suffer the death penalty.

I have never heard an argument from those who 'believe' in the death penalty what should be done to ensure that innocent prisoners are not killed. In fact, the apologists for these killings seem to have no ideas on the matter and have not addressed it.

However, they do believein stste killings, the prisoner who is killed deserves it, this is justice etc.

Not only do they have blank minds and indifferent minds when the innocent are killed they have given no thought to what should be done to remedy the situation after innocence is established.

When prisoners who escape being killed by the state they do not rush to compensate him or offer him support to overcome the horrors of being wrongly convicted and then being put on death row. They do nothing because they do not care.

Americans are killers whether it is on their soil or whether they export death to other nations. You have empty minds and are blind to those arguments that cast your position in doubt.

I'd like to hear from one of you as to how you will remedy the wrongful killings that you eagerly support.

Americans cannot be told much because they are not great thinkers and because they are arrogant and because they enjoy state killings.

There is no other country in the world where the citizenry hold parties outside the penitentiaries when someone is about to be killed.

let's call a spade a spade: Americans like killing and they do not care about the wrongs that they commit. In some parts of the world that is called sadism.

Whatever you do don't whine because you have been called cold-blooded killers.

Posted by: robertjames1 | May 15, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I am reading so many comments regarding the governer and the accused; but let's focus on the two murdered people. The two murdered people is being lacked in this article. Their family members have to carry the burden of pain for years to come. If this man was found quilty 0f killing two people he should not be given anything else but the death penalty.

Posted by: rawdiamond61 | May 16, 2010 4:55 AM | Report abuse

@ rawdiamond61,

So throwing a violent act will even the score of another violent act? Really? It's sad that our 21st century society sees it this way.

Posted by: bobbarnes | May 16, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Get it over with and execute the ugly SOB.

Posted by: jabreal00 | May 16, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I am calling out all pro abortion murderers, why give this guy a million chances he murdered two people on separate occasions, hardly seems like someone who is crazy, more like cold, calculating, sinister, sort of like an abortion doctor and the people who don't care about that life.

Posted by: zcxnissan | May 16, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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