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Teresa Lewis, a borderline mentally retarded woman charged with "masterminding" the murder of her husband and stepson is slated to be the first woman in almost a century to be executed in Virginia this month.
"...From the moment I met her I knew she was someone who could be easily manipulated," Shallenberger wrote. "Killing Julian and Charles Lewis was entirely my idea. I needed money, and Teresa was an easy target."
"This is one of the better examples of what is wrong with the death penalty," he said.
"Lewis took two IQ tests after the trial, one by her own expert and one by the state's expert, and she scored 73 and 70 on them, respectively. An intelligence quotient below 70 qualifies as mentally retarded according to the Supreme Court, and Lewis' tests placed her in the "borderline intellectual functioning" zone.
I am writing to urge you to grant clemency for Teresa Lewis, who is scheduled to be executed on September 23. I in no way want to excuse the killing of Julian and Charles Lewis, but I am deeply concerned that she was sentenced to die as the "mastermind" of a murder committed by others, despite her serious mental impairments.
I am further concerned that the two men who actually carried out the killings received lesser sentences, and that one of them now claims to have been the "mastermind."
The prosecution's version of the crime is now under serious question, and, while the courts have failed to resolve these doubts, your powers of executive clemency are available for just such a circumstance: to prevent an unjust execution.
Please use your power of clemency to prevent the execution of Teresa Lewis.
Originally posted by SaturnFX
The DOC is just that...a department of corrections...correcting someones behavior should not include death...if they cannot be corrected into being civil, then keep them locked up for life.