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Posted at 7:42 AM ET, 05/20/2010

Execution set today for Va. killer

By Anne Bartlett

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

By Anne Bartlett  | May 20, 2010; 7:42 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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This guy...

Posted by: steampunk | May 20, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

So did this guy just kick in random doors and claim these people were following him and then shoot them? I have to get the backstory on this.

Posted by: TG10 | May 20, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

its sad and tragic that those 2 men died, but its obvious this guy is crazy.
he should be kept locked up forever.
If McDonnell lets the state kill this man, he is no Christian.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 20, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

He's an Old Testament Christian because he isn't standing in the way. Funny how these guys are always too crazy to lie there and take the cocktail but they're never too crazy to commit multiple crimes and try to evade prosecution.

Posted by: ronjaboy | May 20, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

if this man was so crazy, then why is he able to comprehend that he is to die for what he did. this execution should be carried out

Posted by: melvinowens | May 20, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

ronjaboy, there is no such thing as an "Old Testament Christian". Christianity is based on the New Testament. an Old Testament someone would just be Jewish. But even the Old Testament says "Thou Shall not Kill". So what part of not killing can't you understand?
You can try to rationalise and justify the taking of someone elses life all you want, but thats the same thing murderers do.
Either you kill, or you don't kill.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 20, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Kaine opposed the death penalty due to religion, but he still carried it out. Governors have a duty to carry out the law. If you don't like it, call your delegate.

Posted by: Simon23p | May 20, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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