A borderline mentally retarded woman is scheduled to be executed this month in Virginia. She is the first woman in almost 100 years to be executed in the state. Theresa Lewis was convicted of hiring two men to murder her husband and stepson in 2002. She pleaded guilty to the charges.
Since her conviction, there have been questions about the extent of her involvement in the crime and whether she was the one responsible for planning the murders or whether she was the victim of manipulation by the gunmen. Theresa's current attorney stated her original defense team neglected to present evidence of her disability and drug dependence at her trial. The men who carried out the murders were given life sentences. Theresa got the death penalty.
Read more of this story at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/07/teresa-lewis-execution-mentally-disabled-virginia_n_708103.html
Please pray for Theresa, her attorney and all involved in her appeal.
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