Pathologist says Ricky Gray’s autopsy suggests problems with Virginia’s execution procedure


By Frank Green

Lawyers for William C. Morva unsuccessfully sought to delay his execution Thursday night following the reported concerns from an expert about Ricky Gray’s execution by injection in January.

An article published in The Guardian on Wednesday cited a review of Gray’s autopsy report by Dr. Mark Edgar, associate director of bone and soft tissue pathology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Read More >>

William Morva executed by injection for murders in Southwest Virginia


By Frank Green

JARRATT — William C. Morva was executed by injection Thursday night for the capital murders of an unarmed security guard and a deputy sheriff during an escape in Montgomery County in 2006. Morva, a 35-year-old former Chesterfield County resident whose lawyers said suffered from a chronic psychotic disorder, was pronounced dead at the Greensville Correctional Center at 9:15 p.m. Read More >>

Daughter of one of Morva’s victims seeks clemency for her father’s killer


By Frank Green

The daughter of one of two men slain by William C. Morva is asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life.

In an email to members of the media on Wednesday, Rachel Sutphin, daughter of Eric Sutphin, wrote: “I am against the death penalty for religious and moral reasons.I have fought and will continue to fight for clemency for all death row inmates until Virginia declares the death penalty unconstitutional. Read More >>