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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has the fewest number of inmates on death row since July 1979, shortly after it resumed carrying out the penalty following a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that halted executions across the U.S.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Virginia has four death row inmates and none have been added in more than five years. As of April only six of the 31 states that carry out executions had fewer death row inmates.

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JARRATT, Va. (AP) - Virginia has executed a man who killed a hospital security guard and sheriff's deputy after escaping from custody in 2006.

Thirty-five-year-old William Morva was pronounced dead at 9:15 p.m. Thursday after an injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. He had no last words.

It was the first execution carried out in Virginia under a new protocol that makes more of the lethal injection procedure secret.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - When Virginia carries out its next execution, more of the process will be shrouded in secrecy.

Virginia is scheduled to execute 35-year-old William Morva on Thursday for the killings of a hospital security guard and a sheriff's deputy, unless the state governor intervenes.

Recent changes to the state's protocol means that if Morva is executed, he would remain shielded from the view of his attorney and media witnesses until after he has been restrained and IV lines have been inserted.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The upcoming execution of a Virginia inmate has pushed to the forefront the debate over whether people with mental illness should be shielded from the ultimate punishment.

Thirty-five-year-old William Morva is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday for the killings of a hospital security guard and a sheriff's deputy in 2006. The killings came after Morva, who was in jail on attempted robbery charges, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocacy groups are preparing to deliver petitions asking Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to halt the execution of an inmate who killed two men during an escape in 2006.

The groups say they will deliver almost 30,000 petitions Thursday asking McAuliffe to call off William Morva's July 6 execution. The groups include Amnesty International, the National Alliance for Mental Illness and the American Bar Association.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for a Virginia inmate convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006 are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life.

William Morva's attorneys said Tuesday that they have filed a clemency petition urging the Democratic governor to stop the man's execution scheduled for July 6. His attorneys say jurors didn't know that Morva suffers from a severe mental illness that they say led to his crimes.

They're asking McAuliffe to commute his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia court is expected to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006.

The Montgomery County Circuit Court is scheduled to hold a hearing via teleconference on Tuesday to set an execution date for William Morva. Attorney General Mark Herring's office is seeking a July 6 execution date.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker who opposes the death penalty has introduced legislation stripping Delaware's Department of Correction of its authority to carry out executions and to obtain and use drugs in lethal injections.

Rep. Sean Lynn of Dover said Tuesday that he doubts his bill will pass, but that he wants people to better understand the drugs that are used in executing condemned criminals.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decision to spare the life of a death row inmate came down to concerns about the fairness of his trial, not doubts about his guilt.

For weeks, supporters of Ivan Teleguz urged McAuliffe to halt his execution because they believe he may be innocent.

Teleguz was scheduled to be put to death next week, but on Thursday, McAuliffe commuted his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Democratic governor is facing mounting pressure to halt next week's scheduled execution of an inmate whose case has seen two witnesses recant, years after he was convicted of ordering his ex-girlfriend's killing.

Ivan Teleguz is scheduled to receive a lethal injection April 25 unless granted clemency by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe is Catholic. He's said he personally opposes capital punishment but will uphold the law as governor. He hasn't stopped an execution during his tenure.

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