UN Officials Ask Virginia Governor To Halt Planned Execution

Virginia Department of Corrections shows convicted murderer William Morva at the Greenville Correctional Center in Jarratt Virginia

The daughter of a Montgomery County deputy killed by William Morva is asking Governor Terry McAuliffe to halt his execution scheduled for Thursday, July 6.

Dawn Davison, Morva's attorney, says the United Nations statement is among 34,000 people who have pleaded with McAuliffe to stop the execution.

"I am against the death penalty for religious and moral reasons", Sutphin told the AP. I have fought and will continue to fight for clemency for all death row inmates until Virginia declares the death penalty unconstitutional.

Morva is scheduled to die at 9 p.m. Thursday at Greensville Correctional Facility in Jarratt, by lethal injection.

A jury sentenced him to death in March of 2008 for the capital murder of a police officer. In the escape, he used the deputy's pistol to fatally shoot McFarland and he killed Eric Sutphin, who was involved in the manhunt for Morva, the following day.

"I have no hatred for this creature who shot him execution-style".

Sutphin says she has sent a letter to McAuliffe showing her support for clemency for Morva. Since then, his attorneys have argued that Morva suffers from a serious delusional disorder.

"Jurors were told Morva suffered from a personality disorder that resulted in 'odd beliefs.' He has since been diagnosed with delusional disorder, a more severe mental illness akin to schizophrenia, his attorneys say."

Two United Nations human rights experts have urged the USA state of Virginia to cancel the planned execution on Thursday of a man with psychosocial disability. "The denial of reasonable accommodation in detention can be considered a form of discrimination against him because of his mental health condition", they said.

McAuliffe, a Catholic who said he personally opposes the death penalty, but is obliged to uphold the law as governor, commuted the execution of Ivan Teleguz to life in prison. Additionally, the jury was not informed about Morva's condition.

-Hungarian citizenship, and the European Union and the Hungarian embassy in Washington had called on McAuliffe to spare his life.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined in February to hear Morva's appeal.

"We are concerned at Mr Morva's deteriorating psychosocial condition", UN Special Rapporteurs Agnes Callamard and Dainius Pûras said in a statement on Wednesday. The Governor hasn't made a decision yet, and time is running short.



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