William Morva is scheduled to be executed Thursday for killing a hospital security guard and sheriff's deputy after escaping from custody.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declined to halt the execution of William Morva Thursday, despite a chorus of voices at home and overseas calling for clemency amid questions regarding his mental stability.
Sutphin said in an email to reporters Wednesday that she is "against the death penalty for religious and moral reasons". "I have fought and will continue to fight for clemency for all death row inmates until Virginia declares the death penalty unconstitutional", she said.
"We urge the authorities to annul the death sentence against [William] Morva and to retry him in compliance with worldwide standards related to due process and fair trial", said the UN Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, Agnes Callamard, and on right to health, Dainius Pūras, in a news release. During the escape, Morva fatally shot Derrick McFarland, a hospital security guard.
Slain sheriff's deputy Eric Sutphin's family is divided over the fate of his killer, William Morva, who is set to be executed Thursday.
Governor Terry McAuliffe said examinations by prison doctors since Morva's 2008 conviction had shown no sign that he suffered from severe mental illness or delusional disorder, an ailment akin to schizophrenia, as his lawyers have argued. Morva's attorneys said jurors weren't aware how severe his mental illness was before they sentenced him to death.
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In 2014 a court-ordered psychiatrist diagnosed Morva with delusional disorder and noted his crimes may have been committed because of his delusions. "I just want justice for my son", she told the Roanoke Times on Wednesday.
Two United Nations human rights experts have urged the U.S. state of Virginia to cancel the planned execution on Thursday of a man with psychosocial disability.
Several state lawmakers are also asking McAuliffe to spare Morva's life.
Collamard and Puras say they are concerned about Morva's "deteriorating psychosocial condition".
United Nations special rapporteurs on summary executions Agnes Callamard and Dainius Puras also called on Virginia to spare Morva's life.
Thus, after extensive review and deliberation consistent with the process I have applied to previous requests for commutation, I have declined Mr. Morva's petition. The Governor hasn't made a decision yet, and time is running short.