Teresa Lewis Executed In Virginia - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Teresa Lewis Executed In Virginia

JARRATT, Va. -For the first time in nearly a century, Virginia has put a woman to death. Teresa Lewis' execution was the first of a woman in the U.S. in five years. Lewis was convicted of arranging the killings of her husband and a stepson over a $250,000 insurance payment. Both triggermen were sentenced to life in prison and one committed suicide in 2006.

There were more than 7,000 appeals to stop the execution. The Lewis execution stirred an unusual amount of attention because of her gender, claims she lacked the intelligence to mastermind the killings and the post-conviction emergence of defense evidence that one of the triggermen manipulated her.

Her lawyers say Lewis was borderline mentally disabled. Her supporters also say she was a changed woman who comforted other inmates with her faith and religious songs she sang.

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