Virginia’s Execution History

Virginia has a long and dark history with the death penalty. The first execution in the New World took place in Virginia in 1608 when Captain George Kendall was executed in Jamestown for spying. Throughout its history as a colony and a state, Virginia has executed more than 1,300 people, the most of any other state. Virginia has also executed more women and the youngest children of any state.

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Since the resumption of capital punishment in the late 1970s following a de facto moratorium imposed by the courts, Virginia has executed 111 people, behind only Texas and Oklahoma during that time. The average time between conviction and execution in Virginia is less than eight years, by far the shortest in the nation.

Since the 1970s, 155 persons convicted and sentenced to death in the United States have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence, spending an average of 10 years on death row. Many of these victims of a faulty justice system would have been executed before evidence of their innocence came to light if they had been convicted in Virginia.

Virginia has executed 111 people since reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.

Executions Since 1976

Date KilledPrisonerRaceVictims’ Race/SexVictims’ Name(s)
Aug. 10, 1982Frank CoppolaWW/FMuriel Hatchell
Oct. 12, 1984Linwood BrileyBW/MJohn Gallaher
Apr. 18, 1985James BrileyBB/F
B/M
Judy Barton
Harvey Barton
June 25, 1985Morris MasonBW/FMuriel Hand
Aug. 31, 1986Michael SmithBW/FAudrey Weiler
July 6, 1987Richard WhitleyWW/FPhoebe Parsons
Apr. 14, 1988Earl ClantonBB/FWilhelmina Smith
Aug. 30, 1989Alton WayeBW/FLaverne Marshall
July 19, 1990Richard BoggsWW/FTreeby Shaw
Oct. 17, 1990Wilbert EvansBB/MWilliam Truesdale
Dec. 13, 1990Buddy JustusWW/FIda Mae Moses
July 24, 1991Albert ClozzaWW/FPatricia Bolton
Aug. 22, 1991Derick PetersonBW/MHoward Kauffman
May 20, 1992Roger ColemanWW/FWanda McCoy
July 23, 1992Edward FitzgeraldWW/FPatricia Cubbage
Sept. 15, 1992Willie JonesBB/M
B/F
Graham Adkins
Myra Adkins
Dec. 10, 1992Timothy BunchWA/FSu Cha Thomas
Jan. 19, 1993Charles StamperBB/F
2-B/M
Agnes Hicks
Franklin Cooley
Stephen Staples
Mar. 18, 1993Syvasky PoynerBW/F
W/F
W/F
W/F
W/F
Joyce Baldwin
Louise Paulett
Vicki Ripple
Chestine Brooks
Carolyn Hedrick
June 17, 1993Andrew ChabrolWW/FLisa Herrington
Sept. 14, 1993Joe WiseBW/MWilliam Ricketson
Dec. 16, 1993David PruettWW/F
W/F
Wilma Harvey
Debra McInnis
Mar. 3, 1994Johnny WatkinsBW/F
W/M
Betty Barker
Carl Buchanan
Apr. 27, 1994Timothy SpencerBW/F
W/F
W/F
W/F
Susan Tucker
Debbie Davis
Susan Hellams
Diane Cho
Jan. 24, 1995Dana EdmondsBW/MJohn Elliott
May 25, 1995Willie TurnerBW/MJack Smith
Sept. 27, 1995Dennis StocktonWW/MKenneth Arnder
Oct. 19, 1995Mickey DavidsonWW/F
W/F
W/F
Doris Davidson
Mamie Clatterbuck
Tammy Clatterbuck
Nov. 13, 1995Herman BarnesBW/M
W/M
Clyde Jenkins
Mohammed Afifi
Jan. 4, 1996Walter CorrellWW/MCharles Bousman
Jan. 23,1996Richard TownesBW/FVirginia Goebel
July 17, 1996Joseph SavinoWW/MThos McWaters
Nov. 21, 1996Ronald BennettBW/FAnne Keller Vaden
Dec. 3, 1996Gregory BeaverWW/MLeo Whitt
Dec. 10, 1996Larry StoutBW/FJacqueline Kooshian
Dec. 12, 1996Lem TuggleWW/FJessie Havens
Dec. 16, 1996Ronald HokeWW/FVirginia Stell
Feb. 6, 1997Michael GeorgeWW/MAlexander Sztanko
Feb. 26, 1997Coleman GrayBW/MRichard McClelland
July 17, 1997Roy Bruce SmithWW/MSgt. John Conner
July 23, 1997Joseph O’DellWW/FHelen Schartner
Aug.19, 1997Carlton PopeBW/FCynthia Gray
Sept. 17, 1997Mario MurphyF*W/MJames Radcliff
Nov. 13, 1997Dawud Mu’MinBW/FGladys Nopwasky
Dec. 9, 1997Michael SatcherBW/FAnne Elizabeth Borghesani
Dec. 11, 1997Thomas BeaversWB/FMarguerite Lowery
Feb. 10, 1998Tony MackallBW/FMary Elizabeth Dahn
Mar. 18, 1998Douglas Buchanan, Jr.WW/M
W/M
W/M
W/F
Douglas Buchanan Sr.
Donald Patterson
Joel Jerry Patterson
Geraldine Patterson Buchanan
Mar. 25, 1998Ronald WatkinsBW/MWilliam McCauley
Apr. 14, 1998Angel BreardF**W/FRuth Dickie
June 18, 1998Dennis EatonWW/MJerry Hines
July 23, 1998Danny KingWW/FCarolyn Rogers
Aug. 20, 1998Lance ChandlerBW/MWilliam Dix
Aug. 31, 1998Johnile DuBoisBW/MPhilip Council
Sept. 23, 1998Kenneth Stewart, Jr.WW/F
W/M
Cynthia Stewart
Jonathan Stewart
Oct. 14, 1998Dwayne WrightBB/FSaba Tekle
Oct. 21, 1998Ronald FitzgeraldBB/M
B/M
Coy White
Hugh Morrison
Nov. 17, 1998Kenneth WilsonBB/FJacqueline Stephens
Dec. 3, 1998Kevin CardwellBB/MAnthony Brown
Jan. 20, 1999Mark SheppardBW/M
W/F
Richard Rosenbluth
Rebecca Rosenbluth
Feb. 4, 1999Tony FryWW/MLeland Jacobs
March 9, 1999George QuesinberryWW/MThomas Haynes
March 25, 1999David Lee FisherWW/MDavid Wilkey
April 13, 1999Carl ChichesterBW/MTimothy Rigney
April 20, 1999Arthur JenkinsWW/M
W/M
Floyd Jenkins
Lee Brinklow
April 28, 1999Eric PayneWW/F
B/F
Sally Fazio
Ruth Parham
April 29, 1999Ronald YeattsBFRuby Dodson
July 21, 1999Thomas StricklerWB/FLeann Whitlock
Aug. 17, 1999Marlon WilliamsBW/FHelen Bedsole
Sept. 16, 1999Everett MuellerWW/FCharity Powers
Oct. 19, 1999Jason JosephBJeffrey Anderson
Nov. 9, 1999Thomas Royal, Jr.BKenny Wallace
Dec. 9, 1999Andre GrahamBW/FSheryl Stack
Jan. 10, 2000Douglas ThomasWW/F
W/M
Kathy Wiseman
James Wiseman
Jan. 13, 2000Steve RoachWW/FMary Ann Hughes
March 16,2000Lonnie Weeks, Jr.BH/MJose Cavazos
July 6, 2000Michael ClagettWW/M
W/F
F~M
F~1 M
Wendel Parrish
Karen Rounds
Lam Van Son
Abdelaziz Gren
August 30, 2000Russel BurketW2W/FKatherine Tafelski
Ashley Tafelski
Sept. 14, 2000Derek BarnabeiWW/FSarah Wisnosky
Oct. 10, 2000Bobby RamdassBF~2 MMohammad Kayani
Dec. 6, 2000Christopher GoinsB3B/M, 2B/FJames Randolf, Jr.,Daphne Jones,
Nicole Jones,David Jones, Robert Jones
March 1, 2001Thomas AkersWW/MWesley Smith
October 18, 2001Christoher BeckW2W/M 1W/FFlorence Marks, William Miller, David Kaplan
March 14, 2002James Earl PattersonWW/FJoyce Aldridge
April 2, 2002Daniel Lee ZirkleW2WFJessica Shifflett, Christina Zirkle
June 12, 2002Walter Mickens, Jr.BW/MTimothy Hall
November 14, 2002Aimal Kahn KasiF~22W/MFrank Darling, Lansing Bennett
April 9, 2003Earl BramblettW1W/M, 3W/FBlaine Hodges, Teresa Hodges, Winter Hodges, Anah Hodges
July 22, 2003Bobby SwisherW1W/FDawn McNees Snyder
March 18, 2004Brian Lee CherrixWW/FTessa Van Hart
March 31, 2004Dennis OrbeWW/MRichard Sterling Burnett
July 22, 2004Mark BaileyW/F
W/M
Katherine Bailey
Nathan Bailey
August 18, 2004James HudsonWW/M
W/M
W/F
Walter Stanley Cole
Thomas Wesley Cole
Patsy Ayers Cole
September 9, 2004James ReidBB/FAnnie V Lester
April 27, 2006Dexter Lee VinsonBW/FAngela Felton
June 20, 2006Brandon HedrickWB/FLisa Crider
July 27, 2006Michael LenzWW/MBrent Parker
Nov. 9, 2006John Yancey SchmittWB/MEarl Shelton Dunning
May 27, 2008Kevin GreenBW/FPatricia Vaughan
June 25, 2008Robert YarbroughBW/MCyril Hamby
July 10, 2008Kent JacksonBW/FBeulah Kaiser
July 24, 2008Christopher Scott EmmettWW/MJohn Langley
Feb. 19, 2009Edward Nathaniel BellBW/MRicky Timbrook
Nov. 11, 2009John Allen MuhammadBM
M
M
F
F
M
M
M
F
James Martin
James Buchanan
Premkumar Walekar
Sarah Ramos
Lori Lewis-Rivera
Pascal Charlot
Dean Meyers
Kenneth Bridges
Linda Franklin
Nov. 17, 2009Larry Bill Elliott (electrocuted)WW/F
W/M
Dana Thrall
Robert Finch
March 18, 2010Paul Warner Powell (electrocuted)WW/FStacie Reed
May 20, 2010Darik WalkerBB/M
B/M
Clarence Elwood
Stanley Beale
Sept. 24, 2010Teresa LewisWW/M
W/M
Julian Lewis
Charles Lewis
Aug. 18, 2011Jerry Terrell JacksonBW/FRuth Phillips
Jan. 16, 2013Robert C. GleasonWM
M
Harvey Watson
Aaron Cooper
Oct. 1, 2015Alfredo R. PrietoHWF
WM
Rachael Raver
Warren Fulton III
Jan. 18, 2017Ricky Javon GrayBW/M
W/F
W/F
W/F
Bryan Harvey
Kathryn Harvey
Stella Harvey
Ruby Harvey
July 6, 2017William MorvaWB/M
W/M
Derrick McFarland
Eric Sutphin

(Race: w=white; b=Afro-American; a=asian; h=hispanic. Sex:m=male; f=female)
*Foreign – Mexican national
**Foreign – Paraguayan national
~ Foreign- Vietnamese national
~1 Foreign- Moroccan national
~2 Foreign- Pakistani national

Condemned Prisoners who Committed Suicide on the Row

Date of DeathPrisonerRaceVictims’ Race/SexVictims’ Name
Dec. 6, 1983Manual Quintana CamegoHH/FOphelia Quintero
Apr. 7, l987John LevasseurAW/FPamela Benner
June 13, 1993Wayne DeLongWB/MGeorge Taylor
Mar. 1, 2001David OvertonWW/MEdgar Williams
February 23, 2004Jeffery RemingtonWMBrent Parker

Died While Incarcerated on Death Row

Date of DeathPrisonerRaceVictims’ Race/SexVictims’ Name
Oct. 28, 1993Delasandro BarberBW/MWilliams Geddes
Dec. 28 2001Enrico AlaiaTodd Taylor/ Terry Garner