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Posted at 4:33 PM ET, 03/12/2010

No delay in execution of man who killed Va. teen

By Washington Post editors

Gov. Bob McDonnell has declined to stop next week’s execution of a man who killed his teen friend in 1999 then bragged about it to prosecutors once he thought he couldn’t face the death penalty.

McDonnell said Friday he reviewed Paul Warner Powell’s case and found no reason to delay Thursday’s execution.

The 31-year-old Powell was convicted of killing Stacie Reed of Manassas in 2000 and sentenced to death, but the Virginia Supreme Court overturned that verdict. Powell then wrote a taunting letter to prosecutors detailing the crime. He was convicted again in 2003.

Powell has chosen to die by electrocution.

The execution is set for 9 p.m. Thursday at Greensville Correction Center in Jarratt.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 4:33 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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No surprise on the ruling. No need for clemency in this case. What Powell did to those two girls was unspeakable in it's atrocity and his conduct while awaiting trial and after his first conviction - horrific.

Thank you Governor for not standing in the way of this case. Many familiar with this case, like me, will breathe a sigh of relief come about 9:15 pm on Thursday evening.

Posted by: vuac | March 12, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

This piece of crap has chosen electrocution hoping they will think he is mad, die sucker.die

Posted by: RAYWILKESUK | March 13, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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