Virginia set for 1st execution under more secretive protocol
July 7, 2017
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is set to carry out its first execution Thursday under a new, more secretive protocol after the state's Democratic governor declined to intervene in the case of a man who killed two people during a 2006 escape.
William Morva, 35, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday evening for the killings of a hospital security guard and a sheriff's deputy. McAuliffe said he won't spare the life of the inmate, who attorneys had said suffers from a profound mental illness that made him believe his life in jail was in danger when he went on the killing spree.