Execution set today for Va. killer
A Virginia inmate convicted of killing two men in separate shootings was scheduled to be executed Thursday unless the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeals.
Darick Demorris Walker, 37, is set to die by injection at 9 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt for the shooting deaths of 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.
Gov. Bob McDonnell has refused to block the execution, leaving Walker's two appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court his only hope for reprieve.
Walker's attorneys claim he is mentally unfit for capital punishment and that prosecutors withheld evidence casting doubt on eyewitness testimony at his trial.
Witnesses testified that Walker kicked in the door to the apartment where Beale lived with his three children and their mother on Nov. 22, 1996, pointed a gun at him and asked why Beale kept coming to his house looking for him. Beale told Walker he didn't know him and Walker shot him three times.
In the other shooting on June 18, 1997, Threat and his girlfriend, Andrea Noble, were sleeping in their bedroom when Walker kicked open the door and shot Threat seven times as Noble's children screamed and cried in their bedrooms.
-- Associated Press
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