Execution of First Woman in Virginia In a Century Scheduled to Proceed
September 20, 2010
Virginia (ChattahBox Crime News) – A woman who is the first in almost a century to be executed in Virginia will not be granted a stay of death, the Guardian has reported.
Teresa Lewis, a 41-year-old woman, was convicted of planning the murder of her husband and his son. Julian and Charles Lewis were shot in 2002 by two men that Lewis had solicited to kill them. One of the men, Matthew Shallenberger, was her lover, and both were given life sentences for the killings. Shallenberger has since committed suicide.
Lewis was given the death penalty, as she was found to have ordered the killings in cold blood after already attempting to kill them two herself once before.
Her attorneys have argued that she is not mentally competent after it was established that her IQ is 72, making her borderline mentally retarded (70 is the IQ line). But the state disagrees, and Governor Robert McDonnell has refused a stay of execution.