Virginia woman, Teresa Lewis, is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, September 23, 2010, by lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia. After having been denied her appeal by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, she will be the first female to be executed since 1912. Lewis is to receive the death penalty after the slaying of her husband Charles and step-son Julian in order to acquire their insurance money back in October 2002.
Many of her supporters feel that this is an unfair sentence considering she had the help of two men who only received a sentence of life in prison. Co-conspirators Matthew Shallenberger and Rodney Fuller will not be given the death penalty despite having been the ones to actually pull the trigger. Lewis’ supporters also say that she is mentally challenged and was coerced to set up the murder by Shallenberger, her lover at the time. Shallenberger and Fuller murdered Charles and Julian while they were asleep, as Lewis waited nearby in the kitchen.
Lewis’ critics say that although she is not the one who actually committed the murder, that she is in fact the one responsible for the killings. Lewis promised money to both Shallenberger and Fuller and allegedly waited until she was sure her husband was dead to get help. The judge that sentenced Lewis to death referred to her as “the head of this serpent”. Kathy Clifton, daughter to Charles and brother to Julian, is said to have forgiven Lewis but still believes that she should pay for what she has done.
Read about another controversial execution, Troy Davis